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Pirate Bay Now Mines Cryptocurrency in Your Browser Without Consent

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. A few weeks ago, The Pirate Bay was in the news for its test-drive of a new revenue model–cryptocurrency mining in your browser. At the time, the site only implemented the mining on its main page and search results; individual torrent links were not affected. Now, TPB has turned the capability back on, and plans to leave it on for the foreseeable future. Torrentfreak reports the miner appears to be throttled, so it won’t peg your ...

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Showtime Caught Mining Cryptocurrency With Viewers’ PCs

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Recent visitors to Showtime’s website got more than competently produced, premium cable series streamed on-demand. They also got a spike in CPU usage, as Showtime used their systems to mine cryptocurrency. So, was this malware? Perhaps a bad ad infiltrated Showtime’s site? Nope, Showtime apparently intended to do this by integrating the Coinhive mining API. Coinhive is designed to mine the Monero cryptocurrency, which is optimized for mining on a consumer CPU. The algorithms for ...

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AMD Releases Cryptocurrency Mining Driver, May Raise Vega Prices

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. On the heels of its Vega launch last week, AMD has released a new driver for its GPUs that focuses on cryptocurrency mining. The new driver is supposed to make Vega faster when mining, though AMD also notes that the driver “is provided as a beta level support driver which should be considered ‘as is’ and will not be supported with further updates, upgrades or bug fixes.” AMD and Nvidia have taken different approaches to ...

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AMD Releases Cryptocurrency Mining Driver, May Raise Vega Prices

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. On the heels of its Vega launch last week, AMD has released a new driver for its GPUs that focuses on cryptocurrency mining. The new driver is supposed to make Vega faster when mining, though AMD also notes that the driver “is provided as a beta level support driver which should be considered ‘as is’ and will not be supported with further updates, upgrades or bug fixes.” AMD and Nvidia have taken different approaches to ...

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AMD, Nvidia GPUs for Cryptocurrency Mining Unveiled

As we’ve discussed at various points, the great cryptocurrency GPU mining craze of 2011 to 2014 (peaking in 2013) was great for GPU manufacturers’ profit margins, but terrible for AMD’s actual GPU sales and market share. At the time, GPU manufacturers weren’t interested in attempting to create mining-specific SKUs or capabilities, even though there was some information that suggested some ASICs held up better under constant mining loads than others. There were reports at the time that FirePro workstation cards held up better over the long term than their Radeon counterparts ...

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Cryptocurrency Craze Sends GPU Prices Skyrocketing — Again

Back in 2013, during the height of the GPU bitcoin mining craze and before ASICs had taken over the market, prices for video cards reached absurd levels. This primarily impacted AMD, since GCN-based cards were vastly better at Bitcoin and Litecoin mining than their Nvidia counterparts, but the end result was awful for enthusiast gamers. GPUs that normally would’ve sold for $ 200 to $ 300 were, in some cases, commanding $ 600 to $ 800 price tags. Eventually the market cooled down as more customers shifted to ASICs, which both ...

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Cryptocurrency Craze Sends GPU Prices Skyrocketing — Again

Back in 2013, during the height of the GPU bitcoin mining craze and before ASICs had taken over the market, prices for video cards reached absurd levels. This primarily impacted AMD, since GCN-based cards were vastly better at Bitcoin and Litecoin mining than their Nvidia counterparts, but the end result was awful for enthusiast gamers. GPUs that normally would’ve sold for $ 200 to $ 300 were, in some cases, commanding $ 600 to $ 800 price tags. Eventually the market cooled down as more customers shifted to ASICs, which both ...

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New malware forces your phone to mine a cryptocurrency

We’ve all come a long way, the good people and the black hats and the tech we all depend on. It used to be rainbow tables and dial-up, and most people weren’t online at all. Now your stuff connects to the Internet and phones home — often whether or not you want it to — and how many people do you know who don’t have a smartphone? In perfect lockstep with progress, there now exists a malware vector by which your smartphone can be forced to mine a new cryptocurrency. ...

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