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At least 2,500 sites are running code for crypto-mining within the browsers of unknowing visitors. Who's using your CPU? Amidst the haze of security fears around hacks, backdoors, breaches and phishing, we tend to downplay the risk to hardware – after all, data may have moved beyond the corporate perimeter, but your computer stacks are still safely behind closed doors. Right? Well, the cybersecurity space is ever changing, and new threats are coming our way every day. One of the most concerning is covert crypto-mining, for both companies and individuals. Willem de Groot found that at least 2,500 sites are running code for crypto-mining within the browsers of unknowing visitors. It is well-known that Bitcoin has been experiencing a significant slump as of late, but there is still plenty of money to be made from cryptocurrency, and cyber criminals have been quick to realise this. It may be a relatively new threat; however, it is likely that if it is not dealt with swiftly, it may become