CoinEater

CoinEater

CoinEater protects you against the threat of cryptojacking.

What is CoinEater?
CoinEater is a Firefox add-on that blocks crypto-miners, such as Coinhive, and protects users from the threat of cryptojacking. Developed by the Institute of IT Security Research, St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences, CoinEater periodically scans the top 1 million websites for cryptojacking and creates an effective blocklist to ensure hidden cryptojacking is prevented.
Stats
Users: 165 ▲ 5
Rating: 5.00 (3)
Version: 0.1.3 (Last updated: 2019-04-02)
Creation date: 2018-10-05
Weekly download count: NaN
Firefox on Android: No
Risk impact: High risk impact
Risk likelihood: Low risk likelihood
Manifest version: 2
Permissions:
  • activeTab
  • tabs
  • <all_urls>
  • webRequest
  • webRequestBlocking
Size: 37.58K
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Summary

CoinEater blocks crypto-miners such as Coinhive. It's blocklist is based on regular Internet-wide security scans which are conducted within a scientific research project.

Made by the Institute of IT Security Research at the St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences

Research In our research project PriSAd we examined cryptojacking on the web. Cryptojacking is the process of mining for cryptocurrencies inside a website visitor's web browser without their consent. While doing this with the consent of the user, for instance to replace incomes from advertisements, it is a legitimate application. Cryptojacking, however, abuses the user's resources such as the battery of a mobile device.

We periodically scan the Alexa Top 1 million websites for cryptojacking and perform various analyses. Additionally, we use the results to create a blocklist, which effectively blocks hidden cryptojacking on the web.

CoinEater is open source software and licensed under MIT. It is a fork of NoCoin and the source code is available on Github The icons are derivatives of the following original work: Icons made by Smashicons and Freepik from CC 3.0 BY. This work has been supported by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency under grant 853264 (PriSAd).

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Safety
Risk impact

CoinEater is risky to use as it requires a number of sensitive permissions that can potentially harm your browser and steal your data. Exercise caution when installing this add-on. Review carefully before installing. We recommend that you only install CoinEater if you trust the publisher.

Risk likelihood

CoinEater has earned a fairly good reputation and likely can be trusted.

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