Readit app infiltrates Coinhive on your Windows 10 machine

By: Madeleine Dean
2 minute read

The world of crypto-currencies and especially the methods used for mining digital money have never been very transparent.

Well, if you installed the Readit app on your Windows 10 computer you should know that recent reports suggest this app uses your computer’s resources to mine for Monero.

More specifically, Readit infiltrates the Coinhive cryptocurrency miner on your device without your consent. It is still unclear whether the app itself has been hacked or certain pages that users visit have the annoying scrypt.

As a quick reminder, the Smominru cryptocurrency botnet had made the headlines lately, but we can’t confirm if this botnet has anything to do with the Readit app.

Windows Defender comes to your rescue

windows defender block readit coinhive

The good news is that Windows Defender can detect and block this dishonest behavior, as user r2d2_21 confirms on Reddit.

So, I was browsing Readit, minding my own business, when I got a notification that Defender blocked something. It’s actually the first time something’s been blocked on my machine. So I went to check the details, and what do you think? It actually blocked Coinhive’s cryptocurrency miner. Well done

This report reminds us once again that cryptojacking blockers are really necessary in today’s world. These tools prevent crypto-currency miners from diverting your CPU power to solve complex mathematical equations in order to make third-parties rich.

Since Windows Defender can successfully block this cryptojacking attempt on Readit, don’t forget to install the latest updates available for the antivirus.

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