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It has been discovered that torrent site The Pirate Bay has been operating a cryptocurrency miner. The site’s visitors learned that The Pirate Bay exploits a user’s CPU to mine Monero digital coins, through JavaScript code found on the torrent site. 

 

When users browsed specific pages on The Pirate Bay, they found a significant increase in their CPU usage before finding out that a Bitcoin miner had been embedded on the site. The miner, powered by  Coinhive, allows users to turn CPU usage into Monero coins.

 

While this only happens in category listings and search results, many users are not happy with The Pirate Bay’s move. The Pirate Bay confirmed that it was testing the miner temporarily as an alternative method to gain revenue.

 

However, users may stop the miner from utilizing their processors by disabling or blocking JavaScript, running blocker add-ons like NoScript or by using an ad-blocker to block the miner URL.