IT specialist caught mining cryptocurrency at police headquarters in Poland – Mining Bitcoin News

Polish police have uncovered a covert crypto-mining operation at their headquarters in Warsaw, local media reported. A computer scientist accused of minting digital coins on police computers has been fired and the case has been referred to the prosecution.

Polish police fire IT specialist for crypto mining at work

Polish National Police officers uncovered what local media described as a crypto-mining farm at Policja’s headquarters in Warsaw. The mining operation was allegedly organized by a computer technician, a civilian employee of the law enforcement agency, news portal reported citing two independent sources.

IT specialist caught mining cryptocurrency at police headquarters in Poland

The crypto-miner used police computers which he upgraded with video cards and specialized software. Although the mining equipment likely consumed a large amount of electricity due to the power-intensive coin-minting process, the biggest concern is that the police database records may have been leaked. , noted one of the sources.

The computer network stores a lot of confidential information such as employee reports and digital files. Police officials insist that their database has not been compromised and that no breach of the police’s internal data transmission network has been detected so far.

The IT specialist has been fired and the contract of another employee, whose role has not yet been revealed, will also be terminated. Inspector Mariusz Ciarka, spokesman for the National Police Command (KGP), confirmed to Gazeta Wyborcza that the crypto miner was fired immediately. He also commented:

The device he used was not connected to any database, and the case largely concerns the theft of electricity consumed by so-called “cryptocurrency mining”.

The Polish police representative added that the case has already been transferred to the Warsaw District Prosecutor’s Office as the investigation continues to establish whether a crime has been committed. Experts are now working to assess the losses to the police department in terms of the amount of electricity used to mine digital currencies.

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Lubomir Tassev

Lubomir Tassev is a tech-savvy Eastern European journalist who loves Hitchens’ quote: “Being a writer is who I am, rather than what I do.” Besides crypto, blockchain and fintech, international politics and economics are two other sources of inspiration.

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