Google News Lab lecture with Marek Miller – Fake News Debunking

Today I was in a fascinating lecture. The Lithuanian Journalism Center organized the talk conducted by Marek Miller, a journalist, and member of the Google News Lab team. Google News Lab is a part of Google News Initiative project. The primary purpose is to collaborate with journalists and entrepreneurs and help them to drive innovation in news.

The topic of this lecture “Fact checking options and tools.” Marek Miller introduced methods and tools for journalists to identify fake news. I’m not a journalist, but the topic of the lecture was very interesting for me because it is partly related to cybersecurity and useful to my Master Thesis I am currently working on.

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Make some calculations before adding a Coinhive mining script to your site

Coinhive XMR cryptocurrency mining JavaScript still attracts some website owners. Also, it’s a quite popular tool to exploit hacked websites for crypto mining purpose. However, there are several problems, and I think I will destroy any remains of excitement about this web-based crypto mining euphoria. There are too many technical problems, and less money than most of you thought there are. Let’s make a small and quick analysis of Coinhive performance and technical difficulties.

Coinhive actively blocked by many security programs

There are two versions of this particular mining tool. Coinhive version could start mining instantly without any notification, and the AuthedMine requires opt-in from the end-user. The main difference between Coinhive and AuthedMine is that Coinhive immediately blocked by modern antivirus and antimalware software or ad blockers, AuthedMine is not. Now that’s the first technical problem. If you’re using the Coinhive script, you’ll lose a large piece of potential hashing power due to antiviruses and other software products that will block this script instantly. On the other hand, using an AuthedMine requires opt-in action and trust me, most of the website visitors will not permit execution of this script. As you can see both of these two script versions can’t guarantee you, that you’ll gather all the possible hashing power from your website visitors. Continue reading Make some calculations before adding a Coinhive mining script to your site