Is your PC suddenly slowing down? Are you getting the spinning wheel on YouTube more than usual?
Hackers have been targeting the Google ad network to embed code into YouTube ads which then secretly syphons power from a users pc to mine cryptocurrencies.
The issue was discovered on Wednesday, and reported by security firm Trend Micro, who found that hackers seeded the advertisements with web scripts that ran over browsers to mine the digital currency Monero. Users were affected in Spain, France Japan, Taiwan and Italy. When activated, the script could suck up to 80% of a pc’s juice;
Google announced that they had removed the offending scripts from their services within two hours of them being discovered.
This is yet another part of the dark underbelly of the cryptocurrency world, and one that’s likely to get worse before it gets better, and one that online security seem to be well behind the curve in dealing with.
That should give us all something to think about over the weekend, and here’s a YouTube tune to listen to while you do 😉