Salon will use readers' CPUs to mine Monero

14 February, 2018, 19:52 | Author: Terri Saunders
  • Salon: Turn off ad blockers or mine cryptocurrencies for us

US online news publication Salon has adopted an unconventional alternative to ads to make money - using a reader's computing power to mine cryptocurrency. There's so much free information on the internet that not everyone wants to pay to subscribe to a news site, yet at the same time, many folks find online adverts a pain and use an ad-blocker to sweep them out of view, making it hard for a site to generate ad revenue.

Readers using software to avoid seeing adverts are presented with a pop-up window, says the Financial Times, which asks them if they would like to use their computers' processing power for "calculations". According to the Salon team, ad blockers "create a more one-sided relationship between reader and publisher".

The media outlet has updated its website to require users to disable their ad-blockers for the right to read articles - or alternatively, lend their CPU power to mine Moreno, the thirteenth-largest cryptocurrency by market cap. Indeed, your computer itself can help support our ability to pay our editors and journalists.

ONLINE MAGAZINE Salon is jumping onboard the cryptocurrency bandwagon by offering its readers the option to allow it to run a crypto miner in exchange for an ad-free experience. It mines for digital currencies by using the computer power of unsuspecting web users, reports BBC News. Before opting for any such option, it is very important for you as a reader to understand the technicalities of this approval. We intend to use a small percentage of your spare processing power to contribute to the advancement of technological discovery, evolution and innovation. Salon doesn't say it will be using Monero anywhere on its website. It will be using the computer power it gets from removing ads for users by mining Monero. Salon will make money, but this permission that people give to mine cryptocurrency will end up costing them in their electricity bill.

The move comes as the online publishing model comes under increasing strain. Most computers have fans that automatically turn on to dissipate heat when more processing power is used - regardless of the cause.

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Once users' close the browser window or visit another website, the cryptocurrency mining stops.

Monero recently made headlines when Coinhive malware schemes hit thousands of websites, including government addresses.

The Chrome helper's CPU use shot up to 499 on my 2016 MacBook Pro, a highly unusual total on my computer even for the Chrome browser.

Salon is also being called out by David Gerard, author of the cryptocurrency book Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain: Bitcoin, Blockchain, Ethereum & Smart Contracts.

Salon said the process only takes place when readers are on Salon.com, and the website will not gain access to readers' personal information or files.

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