Illegal Crypto mining busted in Australian government agency

Cases of illegal crypto mining are not all that new. However, this is an unlawful activity, that still hasn’t deterred people from engaging in it, as an IT executive in Australia was caught illegally mining cryptocurrency on computer systems of a government agency.

According to local police, the IT executive abused his position of a contractor and engaged in the illegal activity; using the systems of the government agency to mine cryptocurrency. The IT executive faces criminal charges for the abuse. Sydney police will pursue the case under the criminal code act of 1995.

Such instance of government systems being used for mining are sparse, but a few cases have been reported. In one such incident in 2018, authorities in Russia apprehended scientist trying to mine on a supercomputer of a top secret facility. In another such case school principals in Hunan, China got caught mining for Ethereum.