hjf writes: On December 2nd, Twitter user Noah Dinkin tweeted a screenshot that showed that Starbucks’ in-store “ WiFi” is using their captive portal to briefly mine the Monero cryptocurrency during the 10-second delay splash screen. Starbucks has not yet responded to the tweet, and neither has their wifi provider, Fibertel Argentina. While Dinkin mentioned that the culprit behind the scheme could be Starbucks’ in-store wifi provider, it’s possible that a cybercriminal could have hacked their website to place CoinHive code secretly. HackRead notes that “just a few days ago researchers identified more than 5,000 sites that were hijacked to insert CoinHive code, yet Starbucks’ direct involvement is still unclear.” CoinHive is a company that produces a JavaScript miner for the Monero Blockchain that can embed in your website. Any coins mined the are sent to the owner of the website.


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