You can pay $11 a month for Showtime Streaming Service. You think you've paid for that movie? How about double paying because they've downloaded bitmining software to your computer.
Pirate Bay and Showtime turned to forcing unknowing visitors to mine cryptocurrency, using computers rather than eyeballs on ads to generate money
BitTorrent search engine The Pirate Bay, and US video streaming service Showtime, are two sites that were discovered to be sending mining code to users.
The latter removed the code on Monday, shortly after a user noticed it and specialist press began reporting. But it has yet to answer questions on why the code was there from the Guardian and other media organisations.
Cryptocurrencies, such as bitcoin and its successors, are backed by a system of “miners”, who race to be the first to solve tricky computing problems in exchange for a reward for doing so.
Not only is it expensive to buy those computers, it also consumes a huge amount of electricity to run them.
Website-based mining short circuits that: the electricity bills are paid by the visitor, but it’s the website that gets the reward.
“The question at this point is: how far can publishers push the limits towards a really bad user experience? You may be surprised that for many, this is not really a problem at all and that double dipping is, in fact, a fairly common practice,”...
Malevolent, if you ask me.