Japanese citizens are fined 100,000 YEN for illegally mining Monero on PC users

According to Nikkei, Website designer Seiya Moroi, 32, has been charged with installing a malicious program on a website to illegally mining Monero assets through the use of the processing power of computer terminals personal view of the person without permission. He has been accused of violating illegal privacy rights and spreading malicious products.


Monero is one of the most cryptocurrency frequently mined cryptocurrency by hackers

Tokyo Supreme Court sentenced Seiya Moroi to 100,000 YEN for illegally mining Monero

On July 7, 2019, the Tokyo Supreme Court announced not to agree with Moroi’s appeal. After that, Judgeochigi gave up a court ruling in Yokohama, where the defendant was acquitted, and Moroi was sentenced to 100,000 YEN.

Final words in court, Moroi said:

“I’m so sorry.”

Then the lawyer said he would appeal.

In the verdict, Judge Tochigi said that about the Coinhive program that exploits cryptocurrency using the processing power of someone else’s PC terminal is a very sophisticated software. However, it is not guaranteed, and this program is a program that brings certain disadvantages (for viewers), and there are no signs of difficulties arising. However, it is not, at any point, socially acceptable.

Moroi argued that the ruling was unjustified. He even thinks that his actions are just a violation of public trust for his benefit.

Even so, Moroi’s crime is more significant than that. He has criminally violated the electromagnetic recording of illegal orders. Computer viruses are electronic recordings that make illegal orders, executed at the discretion of the terminal user. At the trial, the big issue was whether the defendant’s program notifies the viewer of the virus.

According to the ruling, defendant Moroi set up a malicious program on his website from October to November 2017 without the permission of the viewer. During that time, Moroi took advantage of viewers’ computers to exploit Monero without permission. The Coinhive was offered on the Internet from September 2017 to March 2007 and was available to everyone.

The court ruling found Coinhive to be a program that violated viewers’ wishes. On the other hand, the impact of mining Monero from the user’s computer is even more damaging, such as increasing the power consumption and reducing the processing speed of the computer. However, the court still ruled that the case had many doubts, and the accused was acquitted.

At the appeal, the prosecutor reiterated that Coinhive was attacked by a virus and was ordered to operate against the viewers’ intent, and the PC’s right to use and control was violated. Consequently, the defendant was arrested by Kanagawa prefectural police and received a 100,000 YEN fine from the Yokohama Court in March 2006, but was found guilty of innocence and transferred to a formal trial.

According to the National Police Agency, a total of 21 people were arrested across the country in 2018 for allegedly improperly compiling electromagnetic documents about the use and use of terminals by others. The agency warned on its website that if an exploit was installed without showing it to a viewer, it could be a crime.

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