If you watched your favorite show on Showtime’s website, odds are you lent some of your processing power to mine cryptocurrency. This past weekend a script named Coinhive was spotted running in the background of showtime.com and shotimeanytime.com. The purpose of the script was to use the client computer’s CPU power to mine cryptocurrency. The script was first spotted on the websites by various Twitter users. As of yet, it is unknown for how long the script miner has been running on the site. The script has since been removed from the sites.
— Bad Packets Report (@bad_packets) September 25, 2017
Showtime has not issued an official statement regarding the script running on the site. Odds are it was done by someone with webmaster privileges who wanted to give himself a raise. The popular torrenting site, The Pirate Bay, has also recently been discovered to be mining for cryptocurrencies without the user’s knowledge. Cryptocurrencies have been a hot topic recently given the surprising gains in BitCoin and other coins. As of yet, many aspects regarding this emerging coinage remain unregulated with different governments taking different stances on the matter.