Florida Gov’t Agency Employee Arrested for Mining Cryptocurrency at Work

Florida Gov’t Agency Employee Arrested for Mining Cryptocurrency at Work

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March 15, 2018 by Bitzamp
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Florida Government agency employee have been arrested for mining for cryptocurrency at work. Law enforcement agents have arrested an IT executive from the Florida state citrus department (FDoC) this week for using the FDoC’s computer system to mine for cryptocurrency, Tampa Bay Times reported on March 13. In its statement, the Florida State Law Enforcement
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Florida Government agency employee have been arrested for mining for cryptocurrency at work.

Law enforcement agents have arrested an IT executive from the Florida state citrus department (FDoC) this week for using the FDoC’s computer system to mine for cryptocurrency, Tampa Bay Times reported on March 13.

In its statement, the Florida State Law Enforcement Department (FDLE) reported that the FDoC employee, Matthew McDermott, mined cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin (BTC) and Litecoin (LTC) using computers at the Department of Citrus.

According to FDLE agents, the department of citrus have seen a utility bill increase of more than 40 percent since October 2017. This the department have attributed to cryptocurrency mining which requires a large amount of electricity

McDermott has been charged with grand theft and official misconduct and is currently at Polk County Jail. The FDLE also noted that McDermott had purchased 24 graphic processing units for more than $22,000 using a “state purchase card” from July to December.

It was reported in February that several engineers had been arrested at a Russian nuclear center for trying to use a supercomputer to mine for Bitcoin.

 


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