Japanese Police Conduct Investigation into Illicit Cryptocurrency Mining on the Basis of Monero-Mining Coinhive


On June 12, the Mainichi portal published a report that the Japanese police began investigating the activities of a certain group, which is connected with the software Monero-Mining Coinhive.

According to the data, investigators believe that this software violates the law on the use of viruses. The suspects have reportedly developed a website where Coinhive cryptographic software was installed, which used the users’ computers without their consent.

The Japanese police suspected three people, including a web designer, who, by order of the court, must pay a fine of 100,000 yen. As it became known, the site was created last fall. One of the suspects said that the software was not used as a virus, but acted as a tool for monetizing traffic. Further consideration of the case will be held in the district court of Yokohama.

It should be noted that the investigation was attended by the police departments of Kanagawa, Chiba, and Tochigi, which are located in the central part of the country. Law enforcement officials said that taking into account the fact that the software was used without user permission and could be used to illegally extract cryptocurrency, the accused will probably be in accordance with the law. It is reported that this is the first such case in the territory of Japan.

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