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Re: A comment on using CPU resources
From: "Joachim Schipper" <j.schipper () math uu nl>
Date: Sat, 09 Jul 2005 20:55:21 +0200

On 5:26:55 pm 07/09/05 Gandalf The White <gandalf () digital net> wrote:
Greetings and Salutations:

I had an issue with my Firefox browser.  The browser was static, yet
it was using 70% or 80% of the CPU of the system.

It got me to thinking.  Java is a programming language.  What would
prevent companies from running a java script on your computer while
you are viewing their page that uses your CPU to do some computing
for them?  Instead of selling (or in addition to selling) advertising
the company could also sell CPU to other companies.

Is this feasible?

Ken

The short answer is yes.

The long answer is yes, but there are a number of other ways to achieve the
same goal, without having people look at your web page all the time. More
specifically, botnets can be used for computation too...

The moral of this story, of course, is to turn off executing remote
commands (java, javascript, whatever). But that's good practice anyway.

              Joachim


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