Coinhive has announced it will be closing for business on the 8th March 2019.
As a crypto miner, Coinhive is popular for the way it uses individuals’ CPU to give businesses opportunities to generate value from websites. Its ways are controversial as for some it is genius. This is because it deals with the problem of overusing power when mining. However, 0thers criticise its lack of ethics towards users, as they are not told about this. Additionally, the concept of relying on users’ power to help generate more money for the interest of business raises ethical concerns.
Coinhive, an open door for hackers
Instances where hackers benefited from Coinhive include the Information Comissioners Office (ICO). Its website shut down momentarily this time last year after a Monero mining malware infected users whilst they visited the site. Hackers also targeted other governmental websites across the UK and the USA. Hackers exploited the web browser plugin, Browesalouds Text Help application, by changing the hosted script files to add the malware.
Despite this, many organisations used Coinhive and it led the way for companies alike to provide similar services.
Responses to close of business
Coinhives announcement did not come as much of a shock to people. Coinhive stated the primary reason for the closure was down to the general market slump in the cryptocurrency market. This is, particularly with Monero currency. People took to Twitter with some commenting on the constant abuse of the device by hackers while others commented on the ending of an era.