Australian Government Personnel Charged for Using Work Computers to Mine Cryptocurrencies
An Australian government employee has recently been charged after he was mining virtual currencies during his work. The information was released on May 21st, by the Australian Federal Police (AFP).
According to the media release, the individual modified government computer systems trying to mine digital assets.
Government Employee Charged After Mining Cryptos At Work
The media release that was published a few hours ago says that a 33-year-old government official from Sydney modified government systems to mine digital assets. The individual was able to mine AU$ 9,000 for his own gain. The man has attended a local court over the charges under the country’s Criminal Code Act.
The AFP performed search operations of his residency in Sydney and seized a personal laptop, his smartphone, an employee ID and data files. He has been charged for unauthorized modification of data cause impairment and unauthorised modification of restricted data. Authorities were very clear that the individual will have to pay for his behaviour.
In a recent statement, Acting Commander Chris Goldsmid, Manager of Cybercrime Operations, noted about it:
“Australian taxpayers put their trust in public officials to perform vital roles for our community with the utmost integrity. Any alleged criminal conduct which betrays this trust for personal gain will be investigated and prosecuted.”
The former employee could eventually spend between ten and two years imprisoned. This is not the first time that there are individuals mining digital currencies at their work place. In the past, Russian scientists working at a Russian nuclear weapons research facility were arrested for mining digital assets at the site.
Cryptocurrency miners tend to search for cheap electricity in order to become more efficient while mining. However, that takes some individuals to install their mining machines in places where they shouldn’t.