Pirate Bay testing Bitcoin miner for 'short period'

18 September 2017

File-sharing website Pirate Bay has added a cryptocurrency miner according to a report by TorrentFreak. 

Pirate BayThe website confirmed that it is testing a miner 'for a short period,' the report added.

According to commentators, the miner under testing  is likely to be a new way for the website to generate revenue. The miner "could eventually replace" the advertisements on the website,  the report said.

According to TorrentFreak, the miner would mine Monero coins, a form of cryptocurrency, but added users are not happy with the inclusion of the miner.

The report said that CPU usage of their system increased dramatically when they were browsing certain pages on The Pirate Bay.

On inspection, it emerged that the website had embedded a Bitcoin miner of the website.

The website has not embedded the miner on all pages, rather it has enabled the miner on Search results and category listings, TorrentFreak reported.

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