The Pirate Bay recently made the news by mining the cryptocurrency
Monero in users' browsers without their knowledge or consent. They did this
in an effort to reduce their reliance on advertising, whose utility
as a revenue-generator is increasingly being undermined by ad-blocking
Around the same time, CBS Showtime was maliciously compromised to likewise
mine cryptocurrency in users' browsers, stoking fears that
"cryptojacking" attacks will become commonplace in the future.
Moreover, a new company called Coinhive began offering in-browser mining as
a service, possibly furthering the likelihood of "legitimate" in-browser mining
In this article, I will discuss the pros and cons of these mining trends, and
propose what I consider to be a superior alternative to this style of ad-hoc,
I'll conclude my cryptominer series with a "bonus" installment.
The Gainesville Hackerspace graciously invited me to talk about this
build. Thanks to Christopher Hoffman of Hoffman
Engineering for filming, editing, and uploading the video:
This is Part 4 in a series on building a cryptocurrency mining rig.
Previously, I designed and built the miner chassis, corrected
motherboard BIOS settings, and optimized my mining strategy.
Now, in Part 4, I'll discuss how I attempted to:
- Overclock GPUs to increase the mining hashrate
- Decrease power consumption
- Increase overall hardware utilization
Before discussing optimizations, let's review the baseline benchmarks.
This is Part 3 in a series on building a cryptocurrency mining rig.
I physically constructed a mining rig in Part 1, and made motherboard
BIOS adjustments in Part 2. Now, in Part 3, I'll discuss how I
financially optimized my mining strategy.
This is Part 2 in a series on building a cryptocurrency mining rig.
In Part 1, I designed and built a custom miner chassis. In Part 2,
I'll discuss how I resolved some BIOS-related issues that I encountered.