Japanese Police Investigate Crypto-jacking Case Involving Mining Software Coinhive
Japanese police are now investigating a case of crypto-jacking involving the mining software, Coinhive, which is used to mine Monero.
The case involves three people who allegedly deceived website visitors into mining digital currency for them without their consent.
The investigation is being carried out by multiple police departments in the nation. These include Kanagawa, Chiba and Tochigi.
If the alleged are charged, it would be the first time that cryptojacking has become a criminal case in the nation.
According to the sources, the suspects created websites that installed the mining software on the visitors’ computers without knowledge or consent. This is a direct violation of the law that prohibits the use of computer viruses.
The Yokohama Summary Court imposed a fine of 100,000 yen ($ 904) on a web designer accused of illegally placing a computer virus. It was reported that the convicts have come together to establish the websites, last fall.
The defendant argues that it is for non-malicious purposes. The case will be heard in Yokohama district court soon.
The defense attorney for the case, Takahi Hirano, said he intended to rebut all the accusations. According to Mainichi, he stated:
“It’s not right that only CoinHive is painted as the bad guy.”
Coinhive was created in 2017 and has become the most used software to mine Monero coins [XMR]. And has been used to target computers via YouTube, as well as on government and university websites.
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