The Ultimate Fighting Championship's (UFC's) pay-per-view streaming website Fight Pass is secretly running a cryptocurrency miner, according to reports. The miner surreptitiously hijacks the PCs of visitors to the site to mine the digital currency Monero.
Some Redditors later reported that the miner was subsequently removed.
IBTimes UK has reached out to UFC for further clarity on the issue and will update this article in the event of a response.
Last month, The Pirate Bay site was also found running a similar cryptocurrency mining code on its website, without alerting its users. The cryptominer maker Coinhive also later confirmed that it was hit by a DNS hijacking attack, which saw hackers redirect the firm's DNS records to a new IP address.
In September, security experts at Kaspersky Lab uncovered that over the past year, hackers had infected over 1.65 million computers across the world with cryptocurrency miners, raking in up to $30,000 (£22,800) a month. Rapidly-escalating cryptocurrency mining attacks indicate that cybercriminals find this as an innovative way of making a quick buck.