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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Crypto News: Government Head of IT Department Fired for Mining Bitcoin Using State-Owned Computers in Crimea

Government Head of IT Department Fired for Mining Bitcoin Using State-Owned Computers in Crimea

The Chairman of the Anti-Corruption Committee of the Republic of Crimea, Alexander Akshatin, said at a press conference last week in Sevastopol that two employees of the Crimean Council of Ministers were caught mining bitcoin using government properties, RIA Novosti reported. One was the head of the IT department and the other was the department’s head of hardware and technical support. Both were subsequently dismissed, Akshatin revealed, adding that:

"They put malicious software on the server of the Crimean government, which opened access to the information stored on it. Concurrently, more than a dozen computers in the basement of the building were also used which gave this same access."

Government Officials Fired for Mining Bitcoin Using State-Owned Computers in CrimeaAkshatin detailed that his committee and the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) were able to identify the activities of the Council of Ministers’ employees in time and subsequently fired them before they had time to cash out. As for how much they were able to mine, he said, “I cannot exactly say, but less than one bitcoin.” He then noted that “in February-March 2017, a bitcoin was $1800, now it costs $4000. Even half a bitcoin is some money.”

"They thought that there was nothing wrong with that," Akshatin told the press. "But if we were not on the alert and some limited information went through this channel, you understand the extent to which this could all turn out. Fortunately, this did not happen." He believes that their dismissals will deter anyone from doing the same in the future.

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Source: Bitcoin News

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