Australian Government Staff Charged to Use Government Mine Cryptocurrency Computers

Government staff mine cryptocurrency

A 33-year-old Australian Government staff mine cryptocurrency for personal income was charged with abussing computer systems at his workplace.

In the illegal mining operation, the AFP report claimed that it earned more than $9 000 before AFP officers seized his laptop, personal phone, employee ID cards and data files.

How he injected the mining scripts into the target machine and how he finally caught it is unclear.

He appeared at the Sydney Local Court on May 21, 2019, and was charged with unauthorized data alteration causing impairment and unauthorized data alteration.

“Australian taxpayers place their confidence in public officials to fulfill vital roles with the utmost integrity for our community. Any alleged criminal behavior that for personal gain betrays this trust will be investigated and prosecuted, “says acting commander Chris Goldsmid.

He must be punished for a maximum of 10 years and 2 years in prison respectively.

It is not the first time that employees who use computer systems work for cryptocurrency mine. In another case, a Chinese high school master fired for over a year at school for deploying the Ethereum mining machine. He deployed Eight mining machines at school, increasing the electricity bill for schools.

In another incident, the police detained 16 hackers for illegally mining internet cafés cryptocurrency. In over 30 cities across the country, the hacker group compromised thousands of systems and earned over 5 million yuan ($ 800,000).

Cryptomining attacks are rapidly increasing; attackers use to compromise servers, personal computers, Chrome extensions, and cryptocurrencies like Monero Web sites.

Legitimately, cryptocurrencies are a process which consumes a lot of resources and in some cases users try to infect other computers to mine cryptocurrencies.

Jennifer Thomas
Jennifer Thomas is the Co-founder and Chief Business Development Officer at Cybers Guards. Prior to that, She was responsible for leading its Cyber Security Practice and Cyber Security Operations Center, which provided managed security services.