Government Staffers Fired for Bitcoin Mining in Crimea

October 5, 2017 1:40 pm Published by

A pair of IT workers employed by the Crimea government were fired late last month after they were reportedly caught mining bitcoins while at work, reports said.

The two unnamed individuals were employees of the Council of Ministers of Crimea, part of the territory’s executive branch, RIA Novosti reported.

The workers, the report said, installed mining software on computers owned by the council.

However, the report does not indicate how long the mining operation had been in place.

Through mining – the energy-intensive process by which new transactions are added to a blockchain – the two were reported to have raised only a small amount of bitcoin before being discovered.

Any additional charges the government planned to file against the pair was uncertain, the report said.

The charges are the latest incident reported in which an employee used official resources to mine bitcoin – only to get caught and terminated for doing so, the report said.

In a January incident, an IT employee for the Federal Reserve board of directors was fined $5,000 and put on probation after using a server to mine bitcoins, the report said.

In July, a New York City employee was disciplined after being caught using a government computer to mine bitcoins, the report said., Jack Durschlag

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