Starbucks' Wi-Fi used customers' laptops to mine Monero

According to the representative of Starbucks, issue is solved and they "want to ensure that our customers are able to search the internet over Wi-Fi securely"
18 December 2017   4497

Coffeeshop Starbucks from capital of Argentina used Coinhive script to mine Monero on customer's laptops thru Wi-Fi. Customers weren't warned. This is reported byt the CCN.

The head of a technology company from New York, Noah Dinkin, drew attention to the problem. The expert noticed a ten-second delay when connecting to a Starbucks coffee shop in Buenos Aires. It turned out that at this time the network provider used the power of the devices for Monero's mining.

In a few days coffeeshop responeded. Company reported that issue was resolved.

Motherboard talked to Starbucks' spokesperson regarding the issue.

Last week, we were alerted to the issue and we reached out to our internet service provider—the Wi-Fi is not run by Starbucks, it's not something we own or control. We want to ensure that our customers are able to search the internet over Wi-Fi securely, so we will always work closely with our service provider when something like this comes up.

Reggie Borges 

Spokesperson, Starbucks

In next tweets, Dinkin revealed that the code was found in three separate Starbucks locations over multiple days, and that the internet service’s Terms of Service (TOS) didn’t mention the Monero mining code.

Japan to Give First Jail Sentence For Hidden Mining

Unemployed 24-year-old resident of the city of Amagasaki received one year's imprisonment with a three-year suspended sentence
03 July 2018   312

The Japanese court for the first time issued a guilty verdict for using a hidden mining of cryptocurrency, Bitcoin com reports.

On July 2, the Sendai District Court sentenced an unemployed 24-year-old resident of the city of Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, to one year's imprisonment with a three-year suspended sentence.

This verdict was the first decision in the case of the spread of the browser-based CoinHive Miner to other people's computers for the hidden mining of Monero.

In the autumn of 2017, three suspects created websites that installed a virus-mining program on their devices without their consent.

One of them, the law enforcement agencies of Japan have imposed a fine of 100 thousand yen (about $ 900) for the illegal deployment of the virus. He himself, however, argued that in fact this program is not a virus, but is "a method similar to what is used to distribute online advertising."

Since June 18, the Financial Services Agency of Japan (FSA) has banned anonymous crypto-currencies, including Monero, because of the potential for their use in fraudulent purposes.

Also this week it became known that the Agency is considering the possibility of changing the regulatory and legal framework for controlling exchange operations with bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.