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BitCoinMiner Detected

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Old 13th Feb 2018, 15:03
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Angry BitCoinMiner Detected

Running Safari on my iMac (High Sierra 10.13.3), just after clicking on a link in Twitter to a US-based photo gear review website, Sophos Home anti-virus flagged up a warning about something called 'BitCoinMiner'. Am also running Malwarebytes but that did not warn about it.

There was an article the other day in The Times about this (or something similar) using lots of Government and corporate computing power to do whatever BitCoinMiner does. Did not expect a respected website to pass it on to me!

Anyone know how secure (or otherwise) Javascript is in Safari - could this be the route taken by the virus? Disabling Javascript causes some sites (such as Flickr) to not run properly.

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Old 13th Feb 2018, 17:00
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In Safari, go to preferences and then click on extensions. Does anything look funny, or unusual? Delete everything there you don’t need.
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Old 13th Feb 2018, 17:09
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Thanks. There is only one extension in there - Amazon Assistant. Part of a report I read said:-
The infection source in this case seems to have been browsealoud DOT com, a service run by a company called Texthelp Limited.

The browsealoud site serves up JavaScript that can convert pages on your website to speech, in order to help out visitors who arenít fluent in English, or who arenít good at reading.
Hence my question re Javascript.
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