Australian IT Worker Charged for Crypto Mining at Government Agency

Another case of an opportunist tapping into government computer systems in order to mine cryptocurrency has been revealed; this time in Australia.

An Australian IT worker is facing charges after allegedly abusing his position as a contractor and illegally using government agency computer systems, according to Sydney police.

Although the activity of illegally using government equipment for mining is quite rare there have been other publicized cases over the past year. In 2018, Russian security officers arrested scientists at a top-secret warhead facility in Sarov, 240 miles east of Moscow. Several scientists had tried to use one of Russia’s most powerful supercomputers to mine Bitcoin.

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