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Trading Computer Hijacked to Mine Cryptocurrency

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Much thanks for bringing attention to this issue, a vulnerability that computer-illiterate people here (such as myself) might not be aware of. l'll check mine tonight.

As the article explains, currently crypto-mining websites only use your computer's resources while their webpages are being displayed in your browser. Closing the browser or going to a clean website stops the mining. In my case one of my homepage browser tabs was mining. Therefore, when my browser was open over 50% of my CPU and a lot of my memory were being constantly used.

I believe that the takeaways from the article should be:

1) Some websites are now crypto-mining and it is gaining popularity.

2) Install extensions for your browser(s) that block cryptocurrency mining. A non-mining website could start mining tomorrow. With extensions installed now it won't matter later.

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