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Employee "Disciplined" for Installing BitCoin Software on Federal Webservers

Fluffeh (1273756) writes | more than 2 years ago

Australia 1

Fluffeh writes "Around a year ago, a person working for the ABC in Australia with the highest levels of access to systems got caught caught with his fingers on the CPU cycles. The staffer had installed BitCoin mining software on the systems used by the Australian broadcaster. While the story made a bit of a splash at the time, it was finally announced today that the staffer hadn't been sacked, but was merely being disciplined by his manager and having his access to systems restricted. All the stories seem a little vague as to what he actually installed however — on one side he installed the software on a public facing websever, and the ABC itself admits "As this software was for a short time embedded within pages on the ABC website, visitors to these pages may have been exposed to the Bitcoin software" and "the Coalition (current Opposition Parties) was planning on quizzing the ABC further about the issue, including filing a request for the code that would have been downloaded to users’ machines", but on the other side there is no mention of the staffer trying to seed a BitCoin mining botnet through the site, just that mining software had been installed."
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This is pure hysteria !! (1)

Taco Cowboy (5327) | about 2 years ago | (#40061785)

There is no "bitcoin mining botnet" in existence

The "opposition party" must have been inflicted with hysterical luddism

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