Aussie Bitcoin Miner Retrofits Government Computers, Faces 10 Years in Prison

By CCN: A man from Sydney, Australia will appear in court on Tuesday after turning a government computer into a bitcoin mining rig. He allegedly mined $9,000 worth of cryptocurrency on the modified machine. The 33-year old IT contractor allegedly tweaked the federal government computers to optimize them for bitcoin mining. If found guilty, he faces a maximum of ten years in prison. Mining bitcoin at work In the months previous, police raided the man’s house, confiscating a laptop, smartphone, employee ID cards, and various computer files. The Australian Federal Police (AFP) say he took advantage of his trusted position

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