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Italian accused of mining Ethereum at work

A worker at an Italian airport was reportedly caught using local computers to mine Ethereum.

According to a matter from the Italian news portal Rai News, a 41-year-old technician in the city of Lamezia Terme was caught while allegedly installing mining software on the local airport’s computer system. The publication said the official put security at Calabria airport at risk by infecting servers with a program to mine Ethereum.

THE Sacal Global Solutions oversees the IT department at airports in the Calabria region. The police, who were alerted by Sacal’s engineers to what was happening, reported that the airport employee installed mining software on the company’s IT infrastructure, thereby jeopardizing all security on the part of the airport’s systems.

Machines were set up in technical rooms

The report goes on to say that the investigators found a farm Ethereum mining group consisting of rigs mining facilities in two “technical rooms”, or control rooms. This was a great opportunity for the employee as he could mine Ethereum for free. However, this was obviously not a good deal for the airport, as its IT security was constantly under threat.

Local authorities examined the IP addresses associated with the infected machines in order to identify the location of the pool used in Ethereum mining. The alleged culprit was identified by security cameras installed in the server rooms.

Source: Cryptoglobe

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