Japan court lets Monero cryptojacker walk away free


A Japanese web designer has been given the right to walk, despite “borrowing” the computing power of unsuspecting users to mine cryptocurrency. The 31-year-old web designer appeared in court today and was acquitted of stealing his user’s computing resources with a Monero mining script called Coinhive, local news outlet The Mainichi reports. The Yokohama District Court ruled it would be “excessive” to punish the web designer, further stating that Coinhive cannot be considered a computer virus. According to the ruling judge, the web designer’s actions did not “constitute a crime as we cannot say embedding the program [Coinhive] was socially…

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