YouTube and DoubleClick in the eye of the storm
29/01/18 at 15:36
Internet users have recently experienced significant slowdowns on their computers using YouTube. Attackers have indeed managed to hijack Google's DoubleClick ad network to undermine cryptocurrency without the knowledge of visitors to the video platform via certain advertisements.
A plague in full swing
Without going into details, a spokesman for Google was reassuring: "Mining cryptocurrency via advertisements is a relatively recent form of violation of our rules, and we are watching closely. In this case, the ads were blocked in less than 2 hours and their authors were removed from our platform. The fact that a service as popular and monitored as YouTube is victim of cryptocurrency mining via advertisements is not really reassuring. More and more sites, especially video streaming sites, are mining cryptocurrency by exploiting the material resources of their visitors without informing them in advance. The sites ThePirateBay, Showtime, Subaru or the SafeBrowse extension for Chrome are some of the many examples that have used this practice. The Coinhive program alone holds more than 90% market share in the mining business.