Coinhive, the cryptocurrency mining service that has proven a hit with ‘pirate’ sites, has been hacked. After failing to update a password that was at least three years old and potentially part of an earlier breach, the platform’s DNS records were manipulated, allowing hackers to ”steal” hashes from Coinhive users.
In a surprise move, The Pirate Bay decided to add a cryptocurrency miner to its website last weekend. The notorious torrent site wanted to see whether this could replace the ads on the site. A controversial idea, but how much money can a site like The Pirate Bay make through mining?
Following in the footsteps of The Pirate Bay, streaming link search engine Alluc has also added a cryptocurrency miner, hoping to generate some extra revenue through its visitors. This begs the question: Are these cryptocurrency miners the future for pirate sites?