Many of us worry about how “free WiFi” can be used to spy on us. But how would you feel if your trip for that morning cup of joe led to using your computer as an anonymous cryptocurrency mining tool? That’s just what happened in Buenos Aires recently.
A bit of code created by Coinhive has been used to mine Monero with people’s CPUs at a Starbucks in Buenos Aires. Apparently the Wi-Fi provider forced a 10-second delay when connecting so it could mine the cryptocurrency with people’s laptops.
A CEO of a New York tech company was visiting Argentina, walked into a Starbucks, booted up his laptop and noticed something fishy:
Mr Dinkin found the Coinhive code used at three other locations as well. Starbucks responded with the following: