Australian convicted for mining Ethereum and Monero on supercomputers

Montreal, Canada - 28 February 2018: Stacked cryptocurrency coins (Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoins)

Sydney resident Jonathan Hu has escaped ten years in prison for mining cryptocurrencies on government supercomputers. Writes about this local edition of the Sydney Morning Herald.

In 2018, Jonathan Hu worked as a contractor for the State Alliance for Scientific and Applied Research (CSIRO). Using two government supercomputers, he mined Ethereum and Monero worth almost $6,897 in a month.

According to CSIRO, the mining cost the agency $ 56,133. In court, the head of the cybercrime police department, Chris Goldsmead, said that Hu had undermined citizens’ confidence in the government.

The man faced 10 years in prison, but Judge Erin Kennedy took into account his confession, loss of work and no criminal record. Hu was assigned 300 hours of community service and psychological counseling.

We will remind, in August the Australian Catherine Nguyen received two years and three months in prison for stealing 100,000 XPR. In the fall of 2021, she will be eligible for parole.

Earlier, the US Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory created an AI-based system to detect illegal mining on supercomputers.

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