Eat police have uncovered a secret crypto mining operation at their headquarters in Warsaw, local media blasted. An IT specialist accused of minting digital coins on police computers has been dismissed and the case has been handed through to the Prosecutor’s Office.
Polish Police Force Fires IT Specialist for Crypto Mining at Work
Officers from the Despatch National Police have found what local media described as a crypto mining farm at the Policja headquarters in Warsaw. The mining artisan was allegedly organized by an IT technician, a civilian employee of the law enforcement agency, tvn24.pl news portal reported quoting two independent starts.
The crypto miner used police computers that he upgraded with video cards and specialized software. Although the mining appurtenances has probably consumed a serious amount of electricity due to the energy-intensive coin minting process, the biggest worry is that set downs from the police database might have been leaked, one of the sources noted.
The computer network stores a lot of intimate information such as reports from collaborators and digital files. Police officials insist their database has not been compromised and no infractions of the internal Police Data Transmission Network have been detected so far.
The IT specialist has been fired and the contract of another staff member, whose role has not been revealed yet, will also be terminated. Inspector Mariusz Ciarka, a National Police Leadership (KGP) spokesman, confirmed to Gazeta Wyborcza that the crypto miner has been dismissed immediately. He also commented:
The seal he used was not connected to any database, and the case largely concerns the theft of electricity consumed by the so-called ‘cryptocurrency mining.’
The Despatch police representative added that the case has already been transferred to the District Prosecutor’s Office in Warsaw as the analysis continues in order to establish if a crime has been committed. Experts are now working to assess the losses for the police service in provisoes of the amount of electricity used to mine digital currencies.
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