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Authorities in Japan have sentenced a man for the first time for using the Coinhive JavaScript library for malicious purposes.

According to local news outlet Kahoku, a judge from the city of Amagasaki sentenced a 24-year-old man named Masato Yasuda to one year in prison but suspended the sentence for three years. This means the man will remain free, but if he breaks the law in the following three years, he'll go to prison for one year.

The accused made only $45

The man was arrested earlier this year, and according to Japanese authorities, he carried out illegal cryptocurrency mining operations on users' computers in January and February.

Police did not reveal any details about his operation, but according to news site, who spoke with his lawyer, Yasuda embedded the Coinhive JavaScript library inside a game cheat tool he later offered for download.

Authorities say the tool was downloaded over 90 times and helped Yasuda make 5,000 yen worth of Monero cryptocurrency, which is around $45.

"The defendant regretted what he did, learning information ethics and other matters," said the judge presiding over the case, as quoted by Japanese news outlet The Mainichi.

Japan clamping down on the abusive use of Coinhive

Japan is the first country in the world that has been clamping down on the abusive use of the Coinhive library. This library was released in September 2017, and it allows the owners of websites to mine the Monero cryptocurrency by loading a JavaScript file on their sites. The code runs on the computers of users visiting the site, and the website owner can make money using his site visitors' CPU processing power.

The use of the library is contentious, especially if site owners don't request permission from users, and the library has become a favorite among malware authors who often deploy it on hacked sites.

While Yasuda didn't use the library on a site, he is the first ever person to be sentenced for using it.

Other sentences are most likely to follow because last month, Japanese authorities from 10 prefectures arrested 16 individuals suspected of involvement in cryptojacking, a term used to describe the practice of secretly adding Coinhive to a site.

Officials believe the 16 suspects hacked sites and inserted the Coinhive library into their code. The most money earned among the 16 suspects was the equivalent of about 120,000 yen ($1,100).

Yasuda's lawyer is also representing a software engineer named Moro in court, who says he was questioned by police, who then searched his house, seized his laptop and fined him 100,000 yen ($905) for using Coinhive on his personal site as part of a short test between late September and early November last year.

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