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April 10, 2018, 10:08:38 PM
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Ahrefs Finds 1 in 7,353 Websites Are Running Cryptocurrency Mining Scripts

https://coinjournal.net/ahrefs-how-many-websites-are-using-visitors-computers-to-mine-cryptocurrency/

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April 10, 2018, 11:09:15 PM
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This might not be what you were trying to say, but it brings me to an interesting thought. Since you say 15%+ should be checked, would it be safe to say that 10% CPU usage, if these sites were to implement mining, would be acceptable to you?
I wouldn't mind a 10% CPU usage (as long as they inform everyone).

I agree though, more than 15% is certainly suspect, and if it is a consistent % of differing CPUs then it would seem that is a red-flag towards mining for sure. That might be a good test criteria, if you are suspicious of a site mining keep track of the % it uses of your CPU and compare it to another CPU, whether it be through another user or another one of your own devices. Would this work to any extent?
If by asking "if this works", you meant in terms of identifying their illegal usage of the CPU's, then the gathered information would be pretty much the same (that's why I mentioned checking the source codes [for accurate result]).

I wouldn't as well if I was informed. Call it as payment for using your favorite site. Or if they can have some sort of option to use the site like "CPU mining" or "see ads" kind of thing so we have a choice.

About the checking, indeed that should be done instead of just relying on the sudden increase in CPU usage which could just be attributed to your browser processing the website or whatever is in the background. Checking the code is more consistent and will lead to a better assessment of the presence of the mining program.

Ahrefs Finds 1 in 7,353 Websites Are Running Cryptocurrency Mining Scripts

https://coinjournal.net/ahrefs-how-many-websites-are-using-visitors-computers-to-mine-cryptocurrency/
That's kind of alarming. These mining scripts haven't been out for a year (or maybe it has but has been hidden so well), and we already have that much sites running them. That's about 0.00136% of all websites if that was true.

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May 24, 2018, 01:19:39 PM
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Ahrefs Finds 1 in 7,353 Websites Are Running Cryptocurrency Mining Scripts

That's an alarming number of websites running mining scripts. When you put it into percentages it doesn't appear to be that significant of a number, but with all things considered that is an absurd amount of websites running mining scripts. Certainly not comparable to the amount of sites running traditional ads, but I believe with some etiquette and consensus-based rules developed around the idea of website using mining scripts there can be some fruitful implementation.



Does Ahref have any compiled list of these sites or are they simply gathering statistics?

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May 24, 2018, 08:17:09 PM
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Ahrefs Finds 1 in 7,353 Websites Are Running Cryptocurrency Mining Scripts

That's an alarming number of websites running mining scripts. When you put it into percentages it doesn't appear to be that significant of a number, but with all things considered that is an absurd amount of websites running mining scripts. Certainly not comparable to the amount of sites running traditional ads, but I believe with some etiquette and consensus-based rules developed around the idea of website using mining scripts there can be some fruitful implementation.



Does Ahref have any compiled list of these sites or are they simply gathering statistics?

I would be very interested in seeing that entire list though. I would assume it consists of mostly shady websites, for piracy, porn, free movies etc.
Even The Pirate Bay was accused of running a monero miner on their website.

Source: https://torrentfreak.com/pirate-bay-is-mining-cryptocurrency-again-no-opt-out-171011/

Don't know if they're still running it now though.


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June 22, 2018, 12:12:06 PM
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TPB has ceased their mining operations, and actually I'm pretty sure their instance was more than mere accusations. I think that there was conclusive tests that made it pretty clear that was what was happening. I have no doubt that most of the websites included on that list are going to be shady websites that almost nobody ever visits, but I would be extremely interested to see what kind of sites are using mining software and do receive a decent amount of traffic.

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