Welcome to “Who Is Mining?”
😃 What is whoismining.com?
Who is Mining is a simple tool where you can check whether a website is mining crpytocurrencies using your browser.
There is a specific name for this activity, and it’s called Cryptojacking 🤔
What is Cryptojacking anyway?
Cryptojacking is defined as the secret use of your computing device to mine cryptocurrency.
Cryptojacking used to be confined to the victim unknowingly installing a program that secretly mines cryptocurrency.
In-browser cryptojacking doesn’t need a program to be installed. 💻 Doing currency mining on your own machine is perfectly legit. Basically, you’re solving gnarly math problems to verify transactions; in return, you get some new coins. But the Showtime cryptojacker tapped into the CPUs of unsuspecting viewers and used their spare cycles to do the spadework 😈
Jackers pick so many pockets at once that the cost per victim is minimal: a fraction of a cent in electricity and only a slight dip in computer performance (if done right). What’s more, browser-based mining isn’t all bad: The script was created by a company called Coinhive as a revenue alternative to ads on websites.