Three police departments in Japan are working on the case of distribution of stealth browser miner CoinHive for Monero mining.
“According to investigative sources, people involved in the case set up websites in the fall of 2017 to install a program on viewers’ computers and use the machines for mining the monero cryptocurrency,” the news report reads.
The law enforcement forces have already launched criminal proceeding against three individuals, including a web-designer. One of the suspects faced JPY 100,000 ($904) fine for illegal malware placing. At the same time, the latter argued that this is not a computer virus, taking into account the way of its spreading being similar to the online ads one. The
Japanese police said that the launch of a criminal case is explained by the fact that the mining software was installed without any permission of the PC owners.
Notably, this will be an event case of illegal use of computers for mining to be regulated by the criminal law.
"Japanese cyber security and defence company founded in Los Angeles, Trend Micro, detected 181,376 terminals running mining software from January through March this year in Japan, and that this is a substantial increase from 767 in the same period a year ago," stated the media.