Chrome Extension Secretly Used People’s Computers To Mine Cryptocurrency

A Google Chrome extension has been caught secretly sapping users’ device resources to mine for cryptocurrency, a practice that can cause serious issues like overheating and irreversible battery damage.

The extension Archive Poster, which promised users an easy way to interact with Tumblr posts stored in archives, was removed from the extension store on Tuesday after it was found engaging in an emerging threat known as “cryptojacking.”

“Archive Poster is far from the only case and we’ll definitely see more cryptojacking incidents in 2018,” Troy Mursch, the Las Vegas-based security expert that first publicized the issue, tells Inverse.


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