Japanese Coinhive 'Distributers' May Face Prosecution

The polices believe that the suspects in the case violated the law, which prohibits the use of computer viruses
13 June 2018   863

The Japanese police are investigating the case about the distribution of Coinhive - a program for the hidden mining of the Monero cryptocurrency. This is reported by Mainichi.

The police believes that the suspects in the case violated the law, which prohibits the use of computer viruses. According to the sources, the alleged criminals created websites that installed the Coinhive mining program on victims' computers without their consent and "without making clear notifications about the mining."

To date, the police are investigating three persons, including a web designer. One of them was already sentenced by the disciplinary court of Yokohama to a fine of 100,000 yen (about $ 904) for the illegal computer virus distribution. According to Mainichi, the defendant stated that this program was not a virus, but a method of monetizing traffic, such as online advertising. The case will be referred to the Yokohama District Court.

Police representatives say that defendants can wait for criminal prosecution, because the installation and operation of Coinhive were carried out without the consent of users. It is reported that this is the first criminal case in Japan, related to the hidden cryptocurrency mining.

The Coinhive program was created in 2017 and has become one of the most common online tools for hidden mining of Monero. There are cases when it was used through YouTube, as well as through government and university sites.

Billionare's Wife Kidnappers to Demand €9M Worth XMR

Anna-Elizabeth Falkievik Hagen was allegedly abducted from her home, although the law enforcement agencies found no sign of hacking
10 January 2019   151

In late October, the wife of one of the wealthiest entrepreneurs in Norway, Tom Hagen, was kidnapped. The kidnappers are demanding a ransom of € 9 million in Monero, according to Norway Today.

Anna-Elizabeth Falkievik Hagen, 68, was allegedly abducted from her home, although the law enforcement agencies found no sign of hacking. A note with a ransom request was also found there.

Note that Interpol and Europol are involved in the investigation of the case of Falkievik, and the fact of the abduction was kept secret for a long time for security reasons.

Today, January 9, the police confirmed that Falkievik was abducted, and communication with the criminals takes place exclusively through some kind of "electronic platform". In addition, in December, the kidnappers could not provide evidence that she was still alive.

Probably the Falkievik case is the first time in Norway when a ransom is demanded in a cryptocurrency equivalent. Nevertheless, the police recommended that the criminals be denied their claims.

Tom Hagen is the founder of Elkraft AS, a power supply company. His fortune is estimated at 1.7 billion NOK (€ 170 million).

Earlier, employees of the local prosecutor’s office in Kiev and the National Police of Ukraine detained two suspects accused of stealing a miner in March of this year and stealing $ 50,000.

Now they face up to 15 years of imprisonment for robbery committed by a group of individuals in a preliminary conspiracy, infiltration and theft in a particularly large scale.