One of the world’s most popular torrent sites, The Pirate Bay, may soon be using your computer to mine cryptocurrencies.
According to TorrentFreak, the site is testing a feature that uses visitors’ computer resources to mine Monero, a cryptocurrency like Bitcoin.
Mining involves offering up your processing power to the world of cryptocurrency to act as a virtual accountant. In return, ‘miners’ are rewarded with a small fraction of the coins they process every few days.
The mining was picked up when site users noticed their CPU usage spiking when visiting certain pages. So far, adds TorrentFreak, users are not happy about the new addition, but it remains to be seen if The Pirate Bay will stick with it after testing is completed.
For the owners of the site, mining offers an alternative revenue stream to advertising, which has died down in recent years.