Coin Miner Bundled with uTorrent

Discussion in 'Industry News' started by IvanV, Mar 6, 2015.

  1. IvanV

    IvanV HH Assassin Guild Member

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2004
    Messages:
    11,320
    Likes Received:
    2,638
    Trophy Points:
    138
    If you recently installed or updated uTorrent on your PC, you may have have picked up an unwanted passenger: a Bitcoin miner called Epic Scale. That piece of code can be inadvertently installed with the latest uTorrent build (version 3.4.2) and uses your computer as part of a Bitcoin farm (Litecoin, to be exact) to generate revenue for third parties. Users first reported the situation on uTorrent's forums, and it was quickly confirmed by a senior support manager. He said that the app "cannot be installed without permission," but one user claimed that there was "never a warning about it," even though he opted out of other bundled software.
    _____________
    Source: Engadget
     
  2. IvanV

    IvanV HH Assassin Guild Member

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2004
    Messages:
    11,320
    Likes Received:
    2,638
    Trophy Points:
    138
    The article claims the contrary, but I've read testimonies that the installation procedure only offered opting out of some other things and not this and that it was definitely not simple to uninstall (although they could have changed that at some point).
     
  3. Jac

    Jac Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2009
    Messages:
    1,513
    Likes Received:
    162
    Trophy Points:
    73
    I am on that build but as far as I can tell I haven't had this payload. I recently did a re-install to convert my 9926 install to UEFI and afterwards installed an old version of uTorrent that I have on my storage drive. I forgot to untick 'auto-update' so it had updated itself to the build in question. I never saw any warnings about 3rd party software, in fact I never noticed it updating itself.
     
  4. Liqourice

    Liqourice Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2005
    Messages:
    3,837
    Likes Received:
    339
    Trophy Points:
    93
    I've tried mining for myself on purpose and not gotten it to work so if there's a quick and easy way like this I wanna know about it. :p
     

Share This Page

visited