Security firm TrendMicro stated in a new report that Google's DoubleClick ad services were used to distribute cryptocurrency mining malware to a number of users in Europe and Asia.
Google's DoubleClick ad services are also used by YouTube, the world's most popular video sharing service, and the miner impacted a number of users on the site, according to ArsTechnica.
A "separate web miner that connects to a private pool" was also involved in the scheme, according to TrendMicro's report.
The "malvertisement" incorporated two different web miner scripts in addition to the actual advertisement, according to the report.
As much as 80 percent of an affected computer's processing power can be taken over when exposed, reducing the machine's performance, according to the report.
Clandestine cryptocurrency mining has been on the rise in recent months, as previously reported. Companies such as oil pipeline giant Transneft have seen their systems affected by the malware, and a report from November suggested that CoinHive has become one of the more common pieces of malware in circulation today.
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