The Australian Federal Police (AFP) confirmed in a May 21 press release that an unnamed 33-year-old man who formerly worked as an IT contractor for the government is set to appear before the Sydney Local Court today.
Charges leveled against the defendant is that he abused his position as an IT contractor to manipulate programs that allowed him to use computing power generated for the agency’s network to mine cryptocurrencies for personal benefits.
Within the period before authorities busted his alleged scheme, the employee made profits up to AUD 9000 (appr. $6100). A raid on his apart sometime last year resulted in the AFP seizing some valuable items from his Sydney apartment, namely personal laptop and phones, ID cards and data files.
While sharing his thoughts on the implications of the alleged offense, Chris Goldsmid, Manager Cybercrime Operations at the AFP described it as a very serious matter and one that should not go unpunished.
The top official said in the release,
“Australian taxpayers put their trust in public officials to perform vital roles for our community with the utmost integrity. Any alleged criminal conduct which betrays this trust for personal gain will be investigated and prosecuted.”
Meanwhile, the charges leveled against the defendant according to the release include unauthorized modification of data to cause impairment and unauthorized modification of unauthorized data. If found guilty, He could face ten years imprisonment and two years imprisonment, respectively.
In a similar development, Stmarket.co reported last month that Brazilian authorities busted a secret crypto mining farm with 25 machines and fined its operator for falsifying electricity rates.