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Internet Browsers Mining Bitcoin

Bitcoin Mining

August 24, 2020 | 

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JOHN K MWANIKI | 

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Bitcoin has succeeded as the first cryptocurrency in the market. It has had to face several hurdles over time. The primary concern was government relations. Most governments never wanted the coin in the first place. It, nonetheless, proved to be more than just another startup. 

The other concern has been on its use for criminal activities. It has this in control with the increased regulations. The other persistent issues had been volatility. It has, however, become more stable in recent times. It is already accepted in several entities due to stability. 

While Bitcoin has been making strides, the mining has been creating havoc. The Bitcoin developments have come with increased demand. The demand has also seen a rise in the need for mining. Everyone wants to have a piece of valuable coin.

Mining bitcoin requires powerful computers with high processing power. Mining is a competition to solve complex mathematical puzzles. The first to solve it gets rewards. Higher processing power increases the chances of solving the problem. For that, most people mine from specialized mining centres. 

That is also where another puzzle comes in. There have been reports of some websites passing on mining malware to personal computer browsers. One mines unknowingly through their browsers. The computers belonging to the visitors of the site processes the calculations on behalf of the website. 

Web Bitcoin mining is a new phenomenon. Most of the traders or the site visitors are unaware of its existence.

The Legitimacy of the Internet Bitcoin Browsers

The browsers using visitor's data to mine Bitcoin have both proponents and opposers. Most of the websites have been arguing it's a way to monetize websites. Most sites struggle to monetize their traffic. While there are several methods of monetization, they need too much traffic. While users get free information, they can then help the sites in mining.

Most users, in contrast, want an open transaction. The users are never aware of the presence of the software in their gadgets. Thus, they can easily pass as scams. The visitors would like the websites to state the presence of such tools. These should come with terms and conditions. The users can then accept or reject the prospect. 

The system has so far worked well with advertisements. Any advertisements appearing on websites are marked. The web owners must also inform clients in case of any sponsored post. Even cookies and other privacy policies work the same. The model might change with time to accommodate user permission. 

Still, there is no need to fear using the internet. The Bitcoin mining on browsers is not yet as widespread. It also has no established widespread threat to the users. It only has an impact on the computer's speed. The computer starts using more power while lagging a bit. 

Also, Bitcoin mining requirements make it hard to target personal computers. The computers at risk are organizational with powerful processors. Government supercomputers are some of the most targeted.

Testing for the Presence of Bitcoin Mining Malware

The presence of the malware on one or two computers is not anything significant. It becomes an issue when it hits several computers within an organization. It becomes costly to the organization due to delayed work and power costs. It can also be detrimental to the computer hardware. That is where there is a need for detecting malware. 

Detecting such malware is not the easiest for an IT department. The malware is never visible in the early stages. By the time one notes a single one, they are probably four or five in the system. Some security vendors are looking for prospects of using machine learning for early-stage detection.

The more the malware becomes prominent, the more it takes a toll on the computer. It is easier to detect at this point. One of the possible indicators is when computers become slower and overheat. The first step is to observe the RAM and CPU usage.

Monitor all the running processes from the task manager. Take note of any process that uses a lot of power. If it also comes with an unrecognizable name, it might be the virus. 

How to Protect Against the Bitcoin Mining Malware

Finding a mining virus in a system is not the end of work. There are manual ways to clear the malware. However, it requires high-end technical skills. It is more than just finding and deleting a file. It involves manually editing the system registry. There is always the possibility of bricking a computer. 

Both the workforce and purchasing computers in case of a brick is costly. It is thus, better to avoid malware. 

The best way to avoid costly malware attacks is to protect the computer. One of the sure ways to keep the virus at bay is by switching off JavaScript. The Bitcoin mining tools run on JavaScript. It is from here where the website owner decides on how to spread it. 

Several antivirus software is available to detect infected JavaScript. Yet, they come with limitations as cryptojacking is a new phenomenon. Some of the antivirus software to use are SpyHunter, Reimage, and Malwarebytes. 

There are also ad-blocking and anti-crypto mining extensions for the different browsers. Most of the Bitcoin mining malware get to computers as ads. Some of the top extensions to consider are NoCoin and MinerBlock

Bottom Line 

Internet safety for organizations is not a new thing. Most of the companies have invested in employee training. It all worked until the start of the crypto mining malware. Even though manageable on a small scale, they can easily affect the output of the workplace. 

There is always a need to protect against the mining malware. All the computers should have antivirus software and other protection extensions. There is also the need to switch off JavaScript at all times. 

Clearing the malware in case of attack requires technical know-how. An organization must keep qualified IT technicians for the safety of their gadgets. 

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