Ukraine Justice System Employee Caught Mining Crypto at Work

Thursday 9 February 2020, 9:15 PM AEST - 2 months ago supreme court. Credit: Shutterstock/Home for heroes

An IT staffer at Ukraines State Judicial Administration has been charged with illegally mining cryptocurrency at his workplace.

The prosecutors office of Kyiv reported Wednesday on its Facebook page that, together other agencies, it has completed an investigation into the employee who worked in the data systems division of the court administration department.

The unnamed individual is said to have taken advantage of the equipment and internet bandwidth allocated for Ukraines court documents database and the Judiciary web portal to mine cryptocurrency from January to May 2018. He is additionally alleged to have used workplace servers to host external websites, including three online stores and a website for motorcycle fans, the prosecutors office said.

The employee has been charged with illegal intervention in the work of computers and computer networks, and in the distribution of harmful software. According to Ukraines criminal code, if found guilty he faces up to 6 years in prison and a ban on working in government agencies.

The news follow a handful of other cases of illegal mining by government employees in the country. Last November, Ukraines railway administration (Ukrzaliznytsia) caught employees mining crypto using the companys power capacity in the city of Lviv. And in August, law enforcement uncovered an illicit crypto mining facility at the South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant.

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