The Pirate Bay experiments with cryptocurrency mining as ad replacement

Posted on Monday, Sep 18 2017 @ 11:22 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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The Pirate Bay probably is world's most famous piracy website but some controversy arose over the weekend as users discovered the site is now using your CPU cycles to earn money.

The site adopted a JavaScript-based cryptocurrency mining service from Coin-hive, it uses about 20 to 30 percent of a visitor's CPU cycles to mine Monero coins. The Pirate Bay implemented this system on its search result and category listings, but not on the homepage of the torrent link pages.

The Pirate Bay is the first major website to test the JavaScript miner and it caused quite a lot of ruckus. Some users don't mind it but others are quite vocal that they don't want websites to steal their computing power.

In a blog post, the owners of The Pirate Bay explain this is a test to discover if the Monero JavaScript miner is capable of bringing in enough revenue to be able to get rid of all advertising. It's definitely an interesting concept and it will be interesting to see the results of this experiment.


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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.



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