Hackers placed secret cryptocurrency miner on Politifact
It has since been removed and the company is investigatingBy Rob Thubron
It's been about a month since users discovered that popular torrent site The Pirate Bay had a hidden in-browser cryptocurrency miner on its pages that surreptitiously utilized visitors' CPUs to mine Monero.
Finding a secret cryptocurrency miner on a torrent site didn't take a lot of people by surprise, but they've started appearing in more reputable websites since then, including those run by CBS-owned cable network Showtime, and, most recently, the Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checking website PolitiFact.
When asked last month about the miner on its website, Showtime declined to comment on the matter and wouldn't say if it had been hacked. PolitiFact has been more forthcoming, explaining that it has now removed the code and is currently investigating how it got there.