Motherboard reached a Cloudflare spokesperson who would not confirm TorrentFreak’s report, but said that the company is keeping tabs on the growing trend of cryptocurrency miners.
“We’ve reviewed these situations closely, and we believe that there could be non-malicious episodes of this behavior,” the Cloudflare spokesperson wrote in an emailed statement. “As a result, we do not expect to discontinue service to such sites going forward. We will continue to watch developments in this space.”
Cloudflare has taken a famously content-agnostic approach to moderating which sites are allowed to use its services. So, when the company kicked neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer off of its platform in August, it was a huge deal. The company doubled down on its content-agnosticism last month by offering DDoS protection tools for freeto all of its users. If Cloudflare decides that cryptocurrency miners are a no-go, it would likely put the kibosh on a new and sort of sketchy (if users aren’t notified) website monetization scheme.