On 27 March, a Japanese District court exonerated a man for installing a mining program in users’ computers without their consent, according to a report by Japanese news portal, The Mainchi. The report identified the man in question to be a 31-year-old website designer, who was charged for “illicitly operating computer software,” between October and November 2017. This was a result of using his website for embedding a program that mined cryptocurrency from the visitors’ computer.
The program under spotlight is Coinhive, a cryptocurrency mining service which relies on a code that is designed to be installed on websites. This uses part or all of the computing power, allowing cryptojackers to mine Monero [XMR]. It is the thirteenth largest cryptocurrency by market cap and a leading privacy coin.