The Pirate Bay Briefly Mines Monero to Experiment With Alternative Revenue Solutions

The Pirate Bay has always been an interesting online bastion. Despite growing scrutiny from law enforcement and anti-piracy advocates, the site remains accessible in one way or another. In a sudden turn of events, the company turned toward cryptocurrency out of the blue.In fact, they experimented with mining cryptocurrency through site visitors’ browsers for a 24-hour period. Although this may not become the new way to generate revenue, it is worth exploring further.

Visitors of The Pirate Bay may have noticed the computer resource usage go up a few days ago. The team used JavaScript code to successfully mine cryptocurrency through visitors’ browsers. The currency mined mine is Monero, which has appreciated in value quite a bit. Moreover, the JavaScript code itself is quite easy to implement and does not cause any major issues for the visitors’ computer. All it does is take a fair bit of processing power for as long as the user stays on The Pirate Bay.

Monero Mining and The Pirate Bay

The reason for this experiment is pretty straightforward. After all, even TPB needs to make a profit from advertisements in one way or another. Unfortunately, that is not the case, as most advertisers oppose The Pirate Bay in this regard. Finding other solutions is of the utmost importance, but that is a lot easier said than done. Mining cryptocurrency through a browser makes a lot of sense in this regard, as it is not a regulated business model whatsoever.

For the time being, it remains unknown if the team will keep exploring this option even further. The test only ran for about 24 hours and yielded some interesting results. Moreover, users can still block the mining script through an ad blocker. It will not necessarily be the most profitable solution but it can be better than using regular advertising models. There is no indication as to how many XMR were mined during this trial, though. For now, the idea isn’t put on ice indefinitely, but it may not make a comeback either.

People who have no idea of how this system works may be in for a bit of a surprise, though. After all, they have no idea what is happening or how they can stop it. That is a concern for any website, even if they provide “access” to pirated content. It will be interesting to see how this situation plays out in the coming months. Cryptocurrencies can disrupt traditional ad models, that much no one will deny. Whether or not The Pirate Bay will lead the charge in this regard, remains unknown for now.

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