Australian employee mined crypto at state computers: sentence can reach 12 years

Posted 22 May, 2019

The Australian Federal Police reportedly arrested a public employee that used governmental computers to mine cryptocurrencies for his own benefit.

The police published the report about the case on May 22. According to the document, AFP charged a 33-year-old man from Killara of modifying governmental systems to use processing capacities for crypto mining. The man was said to provide his services to the state agency as an IT contractor. He reportedly changed and updated programmes on the agency's computers to perform mining operations. 

According to the report, the total profit from the mining operations can exceed $9,000.

The court hearing is to be held today in Sydney Local Court. The man faces the following the charges: "Unauthorised modification of data to cause impairment, contrary to section 477.2 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) and Unauthorised modification of restricted data, contrary to section 478.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth)."

These charges suppose a sentence of 10 and 2 years respectively. The officials also commented that “alleged abuse of public office is a very serious matter”.

Notably, this man already met police last year, when AFP raided his house in Sydney and withdrew laptop, personal phone, employee ID cards and other files.

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