Man Cleared of Charges over Crypto "Mining" Program

Society

Yokohama, March 27 (Jiji Press)--Yokohama District Court gave a not-guilty ruling to a 31-year-old male website designer on Wednesday over a program for using other people's personal computers without consent for so-called "mining" operations to earn cryptocurrency.

The acquittal came after public prosecutors' demanded a 100,000-yen fine for allegedly keeping electromagnetic records of unjust programs, including computer viruses, in violation of the Penal Code.

In the ruling, the Yokohama court deemed that the cryptocurrency mining program, called Coinhive, does not to fall under this illegal activity.

In March 2018, the man was indicted for embedding Coinhive in his own website between Oct. 30 and Nov. 8, 2017, without the consent of visitors to the website, following a nationwide police crackdown on Coinhive users.

His trial was held at the district court after he refused to accept a summary court order to pay a 100,000-yen fine.

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