The Pirate Bay Is Mining Cryptocurrency Again, No Opt Out

Posted by Megalith 12:30 PM (CDT)

Thursday October 12, 2017

The Pirate Bay team previously said that they were testing their Coinhive Javascript-based cryptocurrency miner to see if it can replace ads: I can only assume they found real revenue potential, as it’s now running in parallel to banner ads again. It’s unclear whether the current mining period is another test, or if it will run permanently from now on.

The Pirate Bay currently has no opt-out option, nor has it informed users about the latest mining efforts. This could lead to another problem since Coinhive said it would crack down on customers who failed to keep users in the loop. "We will verify this opt-in on our servers and will implement it in a way that it can not be circumvented. We will pledge to keep the opt-in intact at all times, without exceptions," the Coinhive team previously noted.