A 24- year old Japanese man named Yoshida Shinkaru was recently given a one-year prison sentence for illegally mining cryptocurrency using the Monero mining tool on user PCs.

Shinkaru reportedly used the Coinhive on an online gaming cheat tool and made it available for download. Users who installed unknowingly had their PCs mine Monero for Shinkaru, but his profits only totalled to around $45.

Judge Ryo Kato, who handled the case, commented that a successful criminal exploit of the defendant’s programming technology created the root of harm that compromises trust in personal computer programs.

Source: ZDNet

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