Malicious YouTube Ads Secretly Used By Cryptojackers To Mine Cryptocurrencies | NewsBTC


Cryptojackers have been hijacking YouTube ads to harness viewers computer processing power in order to mine digital currencies, in this case, Monero. The issue was reported by technology publication and science Ars Technica after people took to social media to report that antivirus programs had detected cryptocurrency malware on YouTube. 

Attackers abused Google’s DoubleClick, which develops and provides internet ad serving services for traffic distribution. According to data from the Trend Micro Smart Protection Network, affected countries include Japan, France, Taiwan, Italy, and Spain. Google has now blocked the ads from being displayed on YouTube.

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