Man Arrested in Japan for Cryptojacking through Online Game
Authorities in Japan have reportedly arrested a man for illegally mining cryptocurrencies through an online game.
According to a report by local news media Nikkei, the yet-to-be-named 24-year-old man from Amagasaki, Japan was arrested for installing a malware in an online game which allowed him to mine cryptocurrency remotely. The name of the game has also not been released.
The malware would infect any machine that downloaded the game so that the miner could use their processing power for his own gains, without consent.
The Sendai District Court ruled a sentence of one-year imprisonment and 3 years suspension. It was historic, in that it was the first such sentence given in the nation’s history.
Cryptojacking, the use of remote software to covertly mine cryptocurrencies on other computers, has been on the rise lately. Last month, Bitzamp reported that the Japanese police arrested three individuals who allegedly deceived website visitors into mining digital currency for them without their consent.
According to the sources, the suspects created websites that installed the mining software on the visitors’ computers without knowledge or consent.
While there is currently no law that specifies crypto jacking as an illicit activity in Japan, it is a direct violation of the law that prohibits the use of computer viruses.