Russian Man Accused of Hacking Government Servers to Mine Bitcoin
A 21-year old Russian man is being charged with up to 5 years in prison, for mining Bitcoin on government-owned servers, Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) reports.
The accused used servers from three different regions in Russia, which he hacked to gain access to government-owned servers.
The alleged hacker has been charged with deliberate use of software that “neutralizes” a computer’s network defense “out of self-interest.” Under this article, he could face up to five years in prison, if found guilty.
Mining for crypto isn’t usually something that can lead to time in prison, but in this case, since he is mining through the theft of electricity services, he is subjected to a prison sentence.
The charges specifically include the deliberate use of software that renders the network’s defense inept, for which the hacker was charged as well. If he eventually found to be the culprit, it is possible that he will spend the next five years behind bars.
Illicit mining cases, stealing or illicitly receiving electricity then used to mine is often the crime punished by prison terms, rather than the mining itself. For instance, in South Korea, this April, police arrested miners who purposely rented out factories and chicken farms to receive electricity for substantially lower rates.
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