Red Volcano discovers Crypto Currency running on PapaJohns website

Our scanning tech alerted us to quite an interesting find this week, and it ended up making front page news on TheRegister.

Crypto-currencies took a massive hold of the public attention in 2017. One such currency, Coinhive, is mined by running a small piece of javascript on a website.

We’ve seen some websites legitimately using this instead of advertising (remember, it will be your browser and your cpu mining coins for them) – they’re pretty upfront that’s what they are doing and we feel it’s a good substitute for advertising, particularly when their content may not be desirable for brands.

However, there are also websites that run Coinhive but don’t tell you, and even some where you certainly would not expect the find it. One of those was PapaJohns website in Ecuador. We tried to contact PapaJohns but had no response, so we did the next best thing and alerted the media. The story was picked up by The Register and run as a front page story.

 

If you’d like to learn more about how we detected this, or learn more about Red Volcano, you can email our CEO Barrie Jarman on barrie@redvolcano.uk

 

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