A crypto miner trolls Warren Buffett with bitcoin billboards outside his office (BRKB)

Bill Pugliano/Stringer/Getty Images The founder of a crypto-mining company claims to have installed billboards trolling Warren Buffett. Buffett famously compared bitcoin to rat poison earlier this month.  Follow the price of bitcoin in real-time here.  A cryptocurrency-mining company claims to be trolling billionaire investor Warren Buffett with billboards near his Omaha office. Marco Krohn, co-founder […]

There’s a currency miner in the Mac App Store, and Apple seems OK with it

Enlarge / A version of Calendar 2 downloaded on Sunday from the Mac App Store. Resource-draining currency miners are a regular occurrence in the Google Play market, as scammers pump out apps that covertly harness millions of devices, in some cases with malware so aggressive it can physically damage phones. A popular title in the […]

Hackers exploiting rTorrent to install Unix coin miner have netted $4k so far

Enlarge (credit: Elembis) Attackers have generated $ 3,900 so far in an ongoing campaign that’s exploiting the popular rTorrent application to install currency-mining software on computers running Unix-like operating systems, researchers said Thursday. The misconfiguration vulnerabilities are similar in some respects to ones Google Project Zero researcher Tavis Ormandy reported recently in the uTorrent and […]

Bitcoin miner in NYC home interfered with T-Mobile network, FCC says

Enlarge / An Antminer S5. (credit: Bitmain) A New York City resident was ordered to turn off his bitcoin miner after the Federal Communications Commission discovered that it was interfering with T-Mobile’s wireless network. After receiving a complaint from T-Mobile about interference to its 700MHz LTE network in Brooklyn, New York, FCC agents in November […]

Black lung makes lethal comeback—coal miner epidemic is the largest in history

Enlarge / Lungs of a coal worker, with black pigmentation and fibrosis from inhalation of coal dust. (credit: Yale Rosen) An epidemic of severe and rapidly progressive black lung disease is emerging among coal miners in Appalachia. Case counts from just three clinics in the region reveal the highest disease levels that doctors have ever […]

Politifact inadvertently hosted a digital currency miner

You might expect a pirate website to use something as shady as a secret cryptocurrency miner, but that’s now becoming a problem with above-board sites — and it’s not on purpose. Politifact visitors have discovered that the site was inadvertently hosting JavaScript code that hijacked your processor to mine virtual coins. The fact checker tells […]