Now even YouTube serves ads with CPU-draining cryptocurrency miners

YouTube was recently caught displaying ads that covertly leach off visitors’ CPUs and electricity to generate digital currency on behalf of anonymous attackers, it was widely reported.

Word of the abusive ads started no later than Tuesday, as people took to social media sites to complain their antivirus programs were detecting cryptocurrency mining code when they visited YouTube. The warnings came even when people changed the browser they were using, and the warnings seemed to be limited to times when users were on YouTube.

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And there’s why I’m hard pressed to disable my ad blocker on any site, despite complaints when I visit certain news sites trying to guilt me into disabling it.

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If they hound me about adblocker I just go find the story elsewhere or go without. They can suck it.

I can be a little anal though. I block businesses that have promoted tweets on twitter.


Nope, you guys are correct. This is just one of the many reasons to have and enforce ad-blocer rules, even and especially on big name “trusted” sites.