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Crypto-Streaming Strikes Back

Brief summary: while hardening AdGuard’s crypto-jacking protection, we discovered four involved popular websites (mostly streaming) with an aggregated audience of almost a billion people.

We have already told you in our blog (part 1, part 2, part 3) about the problem of stealth mining (the so-called "cryptojacking"), but this story is not going to end. Just two (!) months after its first launch, this technology has been used on thousands of websites with a total estimated traffic of a billion (!) monthly visits. Now, after an additional three weeks have passed, we must regretfully report that cryptomining has soared to even greater heights.

Ad blockers were first to respond to this new menace and implement protection against mining on websites. Thanks to the popularity of ad blockers, a significant portion of Internet users received the necessary protection in a very timely manner. Naturally, "crypto-jackers" are not pleased with this counteraction. »

AdGuard & AdGuard Pro for iOS 1.3.3

Hello!

Every time Apple releases a new iPhone there is a huge hype wave in news and social media, and iPhone X has not been an exception. Looks like a perfect time to release a new AdGuard for iOS version, doesn't it? The new version makes a strong emphasis on improving the Content blocker part, so the changelog won't differ much for regular and Pro versions. Renovated Assistant and the new “Invert whitelist” option are the headliners, with few pesky bugs eliminated along the way. »

Twice the releases, twice the fun

Hello, guys and gals!

Today's article is a very short one: I just want to let all of you know about two minor updates: for AdGuard for Android and AdGuard for Windows, respectively. They are not big enough of updates to be worthy of a full-scale post, but couldn't be left unnoticed either. Below is a short extract of the most important changes and fixes that went into the new versions. »

Cryptojacking surges in popularity growing by 31% over the past month

More than a month has passed since our last research on this topic. We decided to check what has changed; understand the current state of in-browser crypto-mining, and its growth rate and trends.

We have collected new statistics about cryptocurrency mining on websites. This time we did not limit our search to the most popular 100K websites and tried to cover more.

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Ad Blocker 2020: An invisibility cloak for the wild wild web?

An ad blocker of the nearest future is yet another personal assistant, that guides you to your profit and safety through the labyrinth of marketing technologies. Today ad blockers hide ads from you — tomorrow they will have to hide you from ads.

Personal assistants have recently become a very trendy type of apps. Siri, Cortana, Google Assistant are being used globally; local markets have their own products, like Alisa by Yandex in Russia or Duer by Baidu in China. But what do ad blockers have in common with these apps that tell you the weather, build routes, search the web and manage events in your calendar? »

AdGuard for Windows v6.2 release

Hello! You’d better get a hold on something because we are about to drop the biggest changelog you have ever seen! It may be overwhelming if you haven’t monitored the beta releases — we reworked Filtering log and Filter editor, gave Assistant a new look, integrated AdGuard with Windows 10 notifications center, majorly improved several extensions... The list goes on and on. Just hop in and see for yourself. »