A former Australian government contractor who mines cryptocurrencies using government supercomputers escaped prison.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Jonathan Koo was ordered to perform 300 hours of community service to install the code on two CSIRO supercomputers to extract cryptocurrency.
Kho mined $ 9,420 in cryptocurrencies and put them in Ethereum and Monero wallets in 2018.
CSIRO, which conducts research in science and technology for the Australian government, said Hu’s actions had diverted significant computing power and cost the agency $ 76,668. According to Australian personal computers, Ho has used valuable resources from climate change research, stellar data analysis and medical research, according to Australian federal cybercrime authorities.
The house’s mining operation was discovered in February 2018, and he was fired. Allegations of tampering with data to cause weakness a year later. The maximum penalty is 10 years in prison.
This is not the first time the government has had to deal with employees who use supercomputers at work to break out cryptocurrencies. In 2019, a researcher and former employee of a Russian nuclear facility used the agency’s supercomputers to break bitcoin. He was sentenced to three years and three months in prison and a fine of 200,000 rubles (at that time $ 3,130). Two other employees were fined.