The Yokohama District Court acquitted the 31-year-old website designer accused of illegal mining of cryptocurrencies through the Coinhive program. This is reported by Japan Today.
Prosecutors offered to charge the accused a fine of 100 thousand yen ($ 904,000) for running the program without the consent of users, using the computing power of their computers and increasing electricity consumption.
However, the presiding judge stated that they had failed to gather enough evidence to declare the defendant’s actions “socially unacceptable”. It was also not proven that the program is a virus and was used to damage personal user data.
Thus, the web designer was fully justified.
The investigation of this case began in June 2018. In addition to the web designer, two more suspects went through the case, one of whom still had to pay a fine of 100 thousand yen "for illegal posting of the virus."
According to the University of Aachen, in 2018, mining using Coinhive brought 1271 XMR per month (about $ 250,000 at that time). Monero was the most popular currency for browser mining. At the same time, most of the funds obtained were controlled by only 10 users.
On March 8, 2019, Coinhive ceased operations due to the “economic viability of the project”.