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   471

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.

MyMonero Desktop Wallet Released

The desktop application is a lightweight wallet and does not require the user to download the entire Monero blockchain
01 August 2018   174

Developers of MyMonero wallet published a JavaScript library for desktop and browser versions of the product.

New features:

  • Desktop: Fixed a critical issue in previous release due to insufficient testing where Contact records would not be loadable after first save (this was due to emojis being incorrectly encoded in the encryption library). If you have any Contact records which can't be loaded, please delete them from the app in the Edit modal, and add the contact info again.
  • Desktop: Added built-in software update functionality
  • Added web wallet support for Firefox after locating runtime crash on webkit CSS rule insert
  • Added support for incoming new generated_locally flag and server-supplied start_height to ensure that the correct Import Transactions button visibility persists across successive logins
  • A few minor UX and security improvements
  • Web wallet footer

The desktop application is a lightweight wallet and does not require the user to download the entire Monero blockchain.

Earlier XMR Wallet announced the successful completion of an external security audit.