A Sydney man has been charged by the Australian Federal Police for allegedly modifying the computer systems of a federal government agency to mine cryptocurrency while employed as an IT contractor
More than $9000 allegedly mined on agency IT systems.
Govt IT contractor charged over cryptocurrency mining – Security – iTnews
A 23-year-old woman has been charged with knowingly deal with proceeds of crime by NSW Police in one of the country’s first major cryptocurrency thefts.
The victim told police he believed his email account was hacked last December and he was subsequently locked out of his account for two days in mid-January.
Two IT workers within the Bureau of Meteorology have been questioned by police over the alleged use of the agency’s IT infrastructure to mine cryptocurrencies.
AFP officers raided the bureau’s Melbourne headquarters last Wednesday, as first reported by the ABC, and spoke with two of the agency’s IT workers.
SK: what else do you need a super computer for 😉
BoM IT staffers questioned by police over cryptocurrency mining
The Queensland government’s main site for its legislation has been hijacked, as have websites belonging to the likes of Queensland Urban Utilities, the Victorian parliament, and South Australia’s City of Unley.
More than 4000 Australian and global government websites have been hijacked to run the Coinhive crypto currency mining software after a popular accessibility tool was compromised by attackers.
Australian govt sites hijacked by crypto coin miner
Money laundering was the main threat amid the rise of online banking and digital currencies, the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) said in a report on organized crime in the country.
The government is concerned that encryption technology, including cryptocurrencies, allows transactions to evade detection, potentially enabling criminal activity and tax evasion.
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