Following visitor complaints, it has been revealed that CBS' Showtime has been using some of its websites to secretly mine cryptocurrencies off visitors' computers. Just like in the case that we reported on involving Memeburn, Showtime was also using the Coin Hive script embededd in its website and didn't ask visitors to opt-in nor opt-out.
Coin Hive has been quite a hit thus far as can be seen in a chart they recently published. They, however, have been aware of malicious use of their script.
"We're a bit saddened to see that some of our customers integrate Coin Hive into their pages without disclosing to their users what's going on, let alone asking for their permission. We believe there's so much more potential for our solution, but we have to be respectful to our end users," Coin Hive states on their blog.
Screenshot attached of Showtimeanytime.com source code before, during, and after. | Bad Packets.
After discovering the Memeburn script, some of the users iAfrikan spoke to said that they, in some cases, depending on the website, wouldn't mind helping the website monetize by mining cryptocurrencies on their computers only on condition that they are notified and asked for permission.
Thus far Showtime hasn't issued any statement regarding the incident.