I have several friends who have pretty powerful computers which they mainly use for gaming (and, yes, I am jealous!). As part of their setups they have some pretty meaty graphics cards installed for making the most of the latest games on the market.
As a result, some have discovered that the hundreds of pounds they have invested in their GPUs can be used to potentially make some money on the side via mining BitCoins.
But now I wonder if someone else may have been mining with their cards without their knowledge following this disclosure from E-Sports Entertainment Association saying firstly that,
“Whenever possible, the management and owners at ESEA initiate private tests on potential new products and tools that might interest our community. With the whole fervor around Bitcoin, we did conduct some internal tests with the Client on only two of our own, consenting administrators’ accounts to see how the mining process worked and determine whether it was a feature that we might want to add in the future. We thought this might be an exciting new tool that we could provide to our community. Ultimately, we decided that it was not.”
and, secondly, that an employee had been making some coin on the side –
“It came to our attention last night, however, that an employee who was involved in the test has been using the test code for his own personal gain since April 13, 2013.”
“The value of the mined Bitcoins was $3,713.55 and ESEA will be donating 100% of the $3,713.55 to the American Cancer Society. ESEA will also match 100% of this amount for a total of $7,427.10 donated.”
If you use ESEA and have noticed sluggish performance, or received warnings from your security software lately, then this may be why!