Monday, January 29,
2018 08.11AM / CoinTelegraph
Another case of “cryptojacking” was
detected on YouTube and resolved by Google over the course of this week, Ars Technica reported Friday, Jan. 26. According to the
report, anonymous hackers have managed to run ads on YouTube that consumed the
visitors’ CPU power and electricity in order to mine
cryptocurrencies for the attackers.
The users started posting complaints
on social media this week telling that their antivirus programs detected
cryptocurrency mining code in the ads that have been displayed to them by
The vast majority - ninety percent -
that allows its subscribers to earn income by using other people’s computing
power in an unauthorized manner.
As has been discovered by Trend Micro
on Friday, the YouTube ads have been responsible for a threefold increase in
Web miner detections worldwide.
In reaction to complaints from the
users, Google - who owns YouTube - has announced that the situation has been
resolved in a couple of hours. According to an email from the company, "the ads were blocked in less than two hours
and the malicious actors were quickly removed from our platforms."
However, there is still no precise
information about the timeframe of the events as Google didn’t provide any
additional data, while Trend Micro claims that the warnings about the abusive
ads started emerging as early as Jan.18.
Earlier this month, the software security firm Check Point
issued a report about a sharp increase in the prevalence of crypto-mining
malware, stating that 55% of businesses worldwide are affected by the attacks.
The report declared Coinhive to be the number 1 “Most Wanted Malware.”
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