uTorrent's latest update installs a cryptocurrency miner

Russell Brandom, reporting for The Verge:

In a statement to The Verge, uTorrent’s parent company BitTorrent confirmed that the program was bundled, but disputed that it was happening without user consent. “We have reviewed the issue closely and can confirm there is no silent install happening.... Most likely these users accepted the offer during install,” a representative wrote. “Like many software companies, we have partner offers in our install path and our policy is that they are strictly optional.”

Regardless if this is bundle is optional or not, exactly what benefit does it bring to the user? An individual's computational power is compromised and any mined coins go straight to Epic Scale. Who thought this horseshit was a good idea?

I love uTorrent, but this makes me want to uninstall the program entirely.