uTorrent found quietly installing bundled Bitcoin mining software

BitTorrent has come under fire recently from its users after it emerged the company’s latest uTorrent build 38913 update apparently installed a Bitcoin mining software. This issue was picked up when a forum member “Groundrunner” in the uTorrent community forum noticed increased CPU loads, even while his computer was idle. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that this piece of software, named Epic Scale, is a Bitcoin miner that purports to use your “unused processing power to change the world.”

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According to Epic Scale’s Website, Epic Scale “math problems for weather prediction, physics simulations, cryptography (including cryptocurrency mining) and more.” The problem-solving and mining are meant to help several charities. Epic Scale has also pointed out that it does not track personal information, and solely uses your CPU when your computer is inactive.

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According to the user who discovered this “Groundrunner”, at no point in time did the update ask or request permission for Epic Scale to be installed, although it must be noted that the uTorrent team flatly denies that silent installs have occurred.

 
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