If you think back to last year, Coinhive was everywhere. The service offered any website an arguably legitimate way of generating income that didn’t rely upon online adverts.
And plenty of well-known sites, such as Showtime, Salon.com and The Pirate Bay, were happy to give it a go.
Predictably, criminals saw an obvious opportunity to make money. They took advantage of sloppy security, hacking websites to earn an easy crust.
In one infamous case, thousands of government websites in the UK and United States — including the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and USCourts.gov — were simultaneously hijacked to run Coinhive