Former government contractor avoids imprisonement for usage of working equipment for mining

A former government official in Australia who had been mining crypto with the help of working equipment avoided punishment

Based on the information from The Sydney Morning Herald, Jonathan Khoo was ordered to complete 300 hours of public works for the accusation for installing code on two supercomputers run by Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, or CSIRO, for crypto mining

Khoo managed to mine crypto for the price of AU$9,420, and deposited this sum to his Ethereum and Monero wallets in 2018.

CSIRO, which conducts scientific and technological research for the Australian government, said Khoo’s actions brought losses for the sum of AU$76,668. Australian federal cybercrime authorities mentioned that the usage of supercomputers for personal gain, Khoo retrieved priceless resources from studies into climate change, pulsar data array analysis and medical research.

Khoo’s mining activity has been detected in February 2018 and he had been fired. The maximum penalty for such action makes 10 years in prison.

This is not the first case when authorities detect employees using supercomputers at work to mine crypto. In 2019, a scientist and ex member of Russia’s nuclear facility used the agency’s supercomputers for BTC mining. He was put to prison for three years and three months, and payment of a fine amounting to 200,000 roubles ($3,130 at the time).

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