Altai resident set up mining farm in covid hospital
A criminal case has been opened against the man, he faces up to two years in prison
18.08.2022 - 12:35
What’s new? The chief information security specialist of the Altai Republican Hospital was detained for organizing a mining farm in a covid hospital. The press service of the Ministry of the Interior reported that the man connected a system unit to the server equipment located in the former hospital for COVID-19 patients, and proceeded to mine cryptocurrency with a connection to the power line of the medical institution. The hospital employee pleaded guilty. A criminal case was opened against the man, he faces up to two years in prison.
What else did the Ministry of the Interior report? The investigation found that in February 2021, due to financial difficulties, the suspect decided to engage in bitcoin mining on his home computer. However, the equipment did not meet the necessary requirements, so the man decided to start mining cryptocurrency in the workplace.
It is reported that he caused material damage to the hospital in the amount of almost 400 000 Russian rubles (RUB). The suspect had been using the electricity supplied to the hospital for almost a year. The Ministry of the Interior and the Federal Security Service conducted searches at the place of residence and workplace of the suspect and seized computer equipment generating illegal income.
In late April, Irkutskenergosbyt filed a civil lawsuit against a resident of the Ust-Ordynsky Buryat District for organizing a mining farm on his land site. The court ruled to recover from him 28,6 million RUB for the use of energy resources on an industrial scale.
In late July, the Yaroslavl branch of Russian operator Rosseti posted a tender on the government procurement website for the preparation of “heat maps”to detect mining farms. It is noted that the contractor must have a license of the Federal Security Service to work with information constituting state secrets.
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