As firstly reported by Ars Technica, users of YouTube, the popular video networking site owned by Google, complained about the script from a service called CoinHive. Users claimed that YouTube ads were triggering their anti-virus software, as the crypto jacking site inserted a special script that uses CPU’s power of people watching those ads on Youtube.
According to the security firm Trend Micro, the YouTube ads with crypto miner mostly arrived on Wednesday and affected the users of YouTube based in Japan, France, Taiwan, Italy and Spain.
— Diego Betto (@diegobetto) January 25, 2018
Looks like the major motive of hackers for targeting YouTube is its popularity across the world. The more browsers the mining software can leverage, the more cryptocurrency it can generate. Unfortunately, the crypto jacking that attacks the browser is going to stay, while many tech giants like Google are updating their platforms to block these third-party injections.