A 34-yo Australian man was sentenced to 15 months of imprisonment by the Australian Federal Police for allegedly misusing the resources of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO). While he was appointed for handling the tech support to CSIRO, he allegedly used the computers of CSIRO to mine cryptocurrency worth AUD 9,400.
Man Charged For Misusing CSIRO Computer Resources
Cryptocurrencies, the new aged of digital currencies can often be obtained in many ways. While many earn them in terms of payments or trading on exchanges, a popular way to earn them since their inception is by mining. Most of the decentralized cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin can be mined using extensive graphic cards, which are lacked by most home users.
Thus, here’s a man who leveraged the computer resources of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), and mined cryptocurrencies worth AUD 9,400. As ZDNet reported, the 34-year old man was hired as an independent contractor for data archiving and software support for CSIRO in January 2018.
But, he instead modified the data of the organization’s high-end servers and supercomputers for his gain. He was alleged to mine cryptocurrencies without authorization, and caused “serious impairment of its infrastructure“. Right after detecting impairment in their systems, CSIRO reported to Australian Federal Police (AFP), who issued a search warrant against the man.
Chris Goldsmid, the AFP commander of Cybercrime Operations said, “This man’s activities diverted these supercomputer resources away from performing significant scientific research for the nation, including Pulsar Data Array Analysis, medical research, and climate modelling work to measure impacts to the environment from climate change.”
While they captured his mobile phone and a laptop in March 2018, he was charged for manipulating the computer resources in May 2019. Later, he pleaded guilty in February 2020 and the court has now announced the sentencing of punishment. It estimated the loss of impairment of computational resources to avoid AUD 76,000 and sentenced him to 15-month imprisonment that includes 300 hours of community service.
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