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The harmful drive-by currency mining scourge  shows no signs of abating

The harmful drive-by currency mining scourge shows no signs of abating

Technology
Aw, damn. (credit: cibomahto) The scourge of drive-by currency mining—in which websites and apps covertly run resource-draining code on other people's devices—shows no sign of abating. Over the weekend, researchers added two more incidents: one involves more than 4,200 sites (some operated by government agencies), while the other targets millions of Android devices. The first incident affected sites that offer a free text-to-speech translation service called Browsealoud. On Sunday, someone changed the JavaScript code hosted here to include currency-mining code from Coinhive, a controversial site that uses the devices of site visitors, usually without their permission, to generate digital coin known as Monero. In the process, any site that included a link to the Browsealoud JavaScript su