Contractor convicted of pinching supercomputer cycles to mine cryptocurrency


An IT contractor has been found guilty of pinching his employer’s supercomputer to mine cryptocurrency.

The un-named man was employed at Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), an outfit that made critical contributions to WiFi and operates the Parkes Radio Telescope that received the first images and video from Apollo 11 when it touched down on the moon. These days one of Parkes’ tasks is peering into Pulsars and the crooked contractor was given access to machines that crunched data from that experiment and also conducted other research.

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