In the nation’s historically first trial for the cyber-crime of stealing cryptocurrency, an 18-year-old Japanese man has been charged. First Ever Trial Held in Japan For Severe Crypto Hacking Losses.

 

The anonymous minor from the city of Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture, purportedly stole around 15 million yen ($134,340) in the digital currency monacoin. The Japan Times last Friday reported this. However, Japan considers everyone under the age of 20 as a minor legally.

 

Causing losses to about 7,700 users of the service Monappy from Aug. 14 to Sept. 1, 2018, the perpetrator is said an advantage of a glitch on the wallet’s site. To sending himself repeated transfer requests.

 

He traded the monacoin for another digital currency by transferring the tokens he stole to an account with an alternate cryptographic money platform where. According to the report, he used the stolen assets to purchase items such as a smartphone.

 

Japanese police said the young man admitted to the violations.

The Times quoted him saying:

“I felt like I’d found a trick no one knows and did it as if I were playing a video game.”

 

Monappy’s site now states, “service has been suspended due to external attacks”, and has been has been disconnected.

 

Monappy posted an update on its Medium blog in November, stating that it finished the immediate fix of imperfections and directing a “final security check” before continuing its activities.

 

Japan has lost a billion dollars through digital currency burglaries throughout the years, with assaults to Coincheck ($533 million), Mt. Gox ($350 million) and Zaif ($60 million), among others.

 

For the Mt. Gox breakdown, previous CEO Mark Karpeles got away with charges of theft and breach of trust. Yet discovered liable of controlling trade information by the Tokyo District Court. 

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