Popular Chrome extension is secretly mining cryptocurrency

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Have you heard of cryptojacking? It’s the practice of secretly using your computer’s resources to mine cryptocurrency without the user’s permission. ;

Typically, you’ll see the practice on shady websites — popular Bittorrent site The Pirate Bay appears to have experimented with it at one point — but a cryptojacking program has recently been found in a popular Chrome extension. ;

BleepingComputer reports that Archive Poster, a Chrome extension that helps Tumblr users reblog and repost from other blogs, also runs Coinhive, a cryptojacking program that secretly mines the cryptocurrency Monero using your CPU. ; Read more…

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SOURCE: Mashable – Read entire story here.