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In a hilarious twist of irony, thepiratebay.se has been caught out "testing" a script that uses the CPU cycles of its visitors to mine cryptocurrecy. Apparently, this is going to replace ads though.

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September 17, 2017, 05:24:25 AM
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They did not get "caught". Try reading about it before posting. https://thepiratebay.org/blog/ . Its a great way to get rid of adds, hope they update specifics and charts.

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September 17, 2017, 05:29:55 AM
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To be honest this isn't a terrible idea and it was announced on their blog first

Plus 'stealing' CPU power from people 'stealing' content isn't exactly something for everyone to get upset about.
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maybe it is just me but i see winter coming to anon coins.

you see one of the biggest concerns of any government in the world has always been illegal and shady activities. pirating is one of the examples. and the more these anon coins are being associated with these illegal activities the bigger the government concern will become. they may even announce any coin with ANON feature as illegal.
of course that won't do much but it will be a start.

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September 17, 2017, 04:32:13 PM
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To be honest this isn't a terrible idea and it was announced on their blog first

Plus 'stealing' CPU power from people 'stealing' content isn't exactly something for everyone to get upset about.

Monero is solving many problems. Not that was invented for this but it solves it.  That is just how it is with good innovations.

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September 17, 2017, 05:32:51 PM
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Didn't know that. So they are trying to get rid of ads and mine coins instead, looks interesting, but does that gives them enough hashing power to mine successfully? Doesn't that makes some low budget PCs run slower?

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September 17, 2017, 11:27:36 PM
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They did not get "caught". Try reading about it before posting. https://thepiratebay.org/blog/ . Its a great way to get rid of adds, hope they update specifics and charts.

You should learn to read smart ass.. all i did was quote the link / story.
And i don't like the idea either.
That is over stepping the bounds of a web page in my books.

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As technology changes the way people live and work, police are warning the public that scammers are also using technology to advance their scams.

Police are seeing a variety of ways criminals are duping unsuspecting people out of their money using phone spoofing technology and bitcoin payments. Typical victims include the elderly and those new to Canada.

Cpl. Scotty Schumann said the Surrey RCMP was recently contacted after a woman sent money to an anonymous account and then realized she had been defrauded. The victim received a phone call that appeared to be coming from her husband’s cell phone. The male caller identified himself as a police officer, and told the victim that her husband had been arrested and bail money was required to secure his release. The fraudster coached the victim into electronically depositing $4,800 into an anonymous account. The woman’s husband came home shortly afterwards and she realized she had been tricked.

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This isn’t the first time that bitcoin, impersonation, or spoofing, calls that appear to be coming from local or familiar numbers to trick people into answering the phone and trusting the caller, have been used.

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September 18, 2017, 01:09:42 AM
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They did not get "caught". Try reading about it before posting. https://thepiratebay.org/blog/ . Its a great way to get rid of adds, hope they update specifics and charts.

They were caught and it is not a great way of getting rid of ads. They also did not ask permission from their users to use their CPU for mining Monero.

If they really only wanted to test it then they should make an announcement and ask their users to volunteer to join.  

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https://torrentfreak.com/the-pirate-bay-website-runs-a-cryptocurrency-miner-170916

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September 18, 2017, 03:20:32 AM
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They did not get "caught". Try reading about it before posting. https://thepiratebay.org/blog/ . Its a great way to get rid of adds, hope they update specifics and charts.

They were caught and it is not a great way of getting rid of ads. They also did not ask permission from their users to use their CPU for mining Monero.

If they really only wanted to test it then they should make an announcement and ask their users to volunteer to join.  

Agreed. Some kind of permission should be seek from users directly instead of just a blog post.

I'm not comfortable with this. IMO many others are also.

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September 18, 2017, 03:36:14 AM
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Wasn't there an ico recently that was doing the same thing except for their own coin? Honestly seems like a pretty great less intrusive way to replace ads since everyone hates them anyway.

I do understand why some people may not like it but I personally wouldn't mind as long as they are open about it.
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I wonder how many people would volunteer to sign up to do it.. permission / knowledge it's happening is key.
Doing it with out any consent is not too classy.
Imagine you show up on random sites now and they 100% max out your CPU.
Ok with that ?

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It was TPB + LTC that got me into crypto.. years ago they had a donation address on all pages for both BTC + LTC.

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heh. This is just as bad as the bittorrent bitcoin miner, and they claimed to give the bitcoin to some "charity"

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September 18, 2017, 04:00:00 AM
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just read this article that piratebay uses the cpu of visitors to mine on cryptocurrency but I dont know that they are mining monero. since piratebay uses their visitor's computer on mining without permission I think it is safe to say that I will never that site again.

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heh. This is just as bad as the bittorrent bitcoin miner, and they claimed to give the bitcoin to some "charity"

Yeah i recall something about that too and didn't Utorrent bundle one with them program way back too ?
I am using 2x still.. right now.
AND.. i was just at TPB and they are not doing it right now.
Maybe the bad press across the web has turned them off the idea.

By the way the cocky little TPB mod that banned my account XPMULE years ago can blow me  Grin
That goes for the retarded fag mods at MetalSucks that banned my Disqus account the other day too.
And Neowin.net also..
Ahh well if i name all the places that banned me i'd be here all day HAHAHHA

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When i download torrent i mine monero?

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September 18, 2017, 06:49:31 AM
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Anyone who was going onto tpb with Javascript enabled is a sucker in the first place, lol. Probably using Chrome too. I'm not sure how I feel about them doing it under our noses, but I might consider it if it's something that you agree to when you go to the site. Dang, now I feel a bit more nervous about those T&A that we never read through.

If they were to completely get rid of ads and require that you give some of your cpu while browsing, it would be interesting. Ads are gross and really take down the quality of the site, plus they're mostly malware anyways. The same danger could apply to mining though too, especially since it's over the browser and there's no way that there aren't going to be a bunch of gaping holes in that connection! I want something that's best for both parties - safe, and makes them money. Right now ads do that the best (not including popups), because we can just avoid them with adblock. I'm not trusting yet of the mining thing in the same respect.

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September 18, 2017, 06:58:01 AM
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When i download torrent i mine monero?

Nope.
It is saying if you visit the web page.
The ability for a web site to do that already existed before this story.
So it has little to do with torrents.
In other words if you have a web site you too can go an add the coin mining to it.

So..
This could be happening on any site with almost any Altcoin.. Monero or others.
The Javascript is in web pages and is coded to mine coins.. via the web browser.

Go here for more info on it.. https://coin-hive.com/documentation/miner
I can't.. i blocked it in my hosts file  Cool

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When i download torrent i mine monero?

Nope.
It is saying if you visit the web page.
The ability for a web site to do that already existed before this story.
So it has little to do with torrents.
In other words if you have a web site you too can go an add the coin mining to it.

So..
This could be happening on any site with almost any Altcoin.. Monero or others.
The Javascript is in web pages and is coded to mine coins.. via the web browser.

Go here for more info on it.. https://coin-hive.com/documentation/miner
I can't.. i blocked it in my hosts file  Cool

Wow thanks for the information. I am surprised that someone hasn't started an ICO for JS miner yet Smiley.

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September 18, 2017, 08:21:27 AM
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At least the site was transparent about informing users about it. I'm not surprised anyway that sites do these. Especially the streaming sites where you have to stream from the site. Which is why I use some streaming apps that take the feed from such sites. Lesson for all: use ad block. Nothing is free in this world. Stream and torrent, help people mine crypto. Nice.

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