Cryptojacking, which exploded in popularity this fall, has an ostensibly worthy goal: Use an untapped resource to create an alternative revenue stream for games or media sites, and reduce reliance on ads. It works by embedding a JavaScript component in a website that can leverage a visiting device’s processing power to mine a cryptocurrency (usually Monero). Each visitor might only do a tiny bit of mining while they’re there, but every user lending some hash power over time can generate real money. And users might not even notice what’s happening. In theory, it can be a win-win. In practice, not so much.

As cryptojacking has spread around the web—largely thanks to the original “in-browser miner,” Coinhive, and its copycats—implementations have generally not lived up to those lofty aims. Instead, the technique is used to exploit unknowing people’s resources, both their hardware and electric bills, and it is increasingly blocked as malware by scanners and ad-blockers. So far, efforts to keep cryptojacking on the straight and narrow have largely fizzled.

A surge of sites and apps are exhausting your CPU to mine cryptocurrency

bitcoin-miningThe latest examples came on Monday with the revelation from antivirus provider Trend Micro that at least two Android apps with as many as 50,000 downloads from Google Play were recently caught putting crypto miners inside a hidden browser window. The miners caused phones running the apps to run JavaScript hosted on, a site that harnesses the CPUs of millions of PCs to mine the Monero crypto currency. In turn, Coinhive gives participating sites a tiny cut of the relatively small proceeds. Google has since removed the apps, which were known as Recitiamo Santo Rosario Free and SafetyNet Wireless App.

Elon Musk Donates $10M to Keep AI From Turning Evil

ELON MUSK IS worried that artificial intelligence research could go wrong—very wrong.
This may seem unexpected, coming as it does from the architect of the conceptual high-speed transportation system Hyperloop, and the CEO of such moonshot-seeking companies as SpaceX and Tesla Motors. But Musk is so committed to this point of view that on Thursday, he announced a donation of $10 million to the Future of Life Institute (FLI), which will run a global research program aimed at keeping AI “beneficial to humanity.” In other words, Musk wants to keep AI from running loose and growing into something that’s a real danger to humans, a fear he’s expressed before.
Last week, an open letter from the Future of Life Institute circulated, containing the signatures of AI scientists who called for research that ensures AI systems aren’t being used for evil. With this donation, Elon Musk voiced his support for the movement. “Here are all these leading AI researchers saying that AI safety is important,” Musk said of the effort. “I agree with them, so I’m today committing $10M to support research aimed at keeping AI beneficial for humanity.”
The program—and the $10 million donation—will fund research around the world supporting this mission. On Monday, the Future of Life Institute will open up a portal allowing researchers to apply for grants to the program. Beyond hardcore AI science, money will be awarded to researchers in other fields as well, including economics, law, ethics and policy. The FLI says the program will be open to individuals who work in academia, industry, or even independently.
For so long, the artificially intelligent future has been fodder for Hollywood and science fiction, or discussed abstractly in philosophy. But as behemoths like Google incorporate AI into the very core of its current and future technologies, and as a wave of smaller startups build businesses on top of the science, we can no longer deny its very real rise. AI is here to stay; but the debate over AI ethics is just beginning.

A 22-year-old who lives with his parents stopped the worldwide malware hack by registering a domain for $10.69

The “accidental hero” who halted the global spread of an unprecedented ransomware attack by registering a garbled domain name hidden in the malware has warned the attack could be rebooted.

The ransomware used in Friday’s attack wreaked havoc on organizations including FedEx and Telefónica, as well as the UK’s National Health Service, where operations were canceled, X-rays, test results, and patient records became unavailable, and phones did not work.

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