Cryptojacking has been an issue in the world of cryptocurrencies ever since digital assets started gaining traction. The streak of malicious crypto mining is still on the rise even as Coinhive, the infamous cryptocurrency mining script, shut down its services earlier this year.
Malwarebytes has reportedly blocked over 200,000 requests to link to Coinhive, just one day after the service officially shut down on March 8, 2019. Malwarebytes also revealed that they had found out a new mining software called ‘WebMinePool,’ that targets the web routers which were the previous aim of the Coinhive script.
“Interestingly, we still detect thousands of blocks for Coinhive-related domain requests, even though the service announced it was shutting down on March 8. Over the past week, our telemetry recorded an average of 50,000 blocks per day.” – read the official release issued by Malwarebytes.
The threat of Coinhive’s legacy prompted Mozilla Firefox to address this issue after the popular browser issued a statement called ‘Protecting Against Fingerprinting and Cryptocurrency Mining Available in Firefox Nightly and Beta.’
“At Mozilla, we have been working hard to protect you from threats and annoyances on the web, so you can live your online life with less to worry about. Last year, we told you about adapting our approach to anti-tracking given the added importance of keeping people’s information on the web private in today’s climate.” – read the report issued by Mozilla.