On October 16, russian news agency Ura.Ru reported about a 21-years-old russian criminal-mind, who illegally mined bitcoins via servers that were government-owned. The regional office of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) recently announced, that the young crypto miner is now facing criminal charges for circumventing the law while mining.
During the investigations, the police found out that the man in charge managed to hack public administration servers in three different regions in Russia.
The criminal journey of the young russian guy finally came to an end, as the Internal Security Division in Yaroslav caught the guy in action – as he was hacking their equipment.
Then, the suspected was charged for intentionally using a software that “neutralizes” the network defense of computer into a stage called “out of self-interest.” If the man is found guilty for this allegation, he can easily face up to five years in prison.
This case certainly isn’t the first time for criminal masterminds to be involved with the world of cryptomining. As Block Europe reported earlier, the case called “The Big Bitcoin Heist” shaken up the small island in the North Atlantic. The police if Iceland arrested group of four men for stealing cryptocurrency mining equipments worth over 2 million euros.
The most recent case happened this month, as a Chinese man was sentenced for 3.5 years in jail as he was found guilty for stealing electricity from a local train station for his own Bitcoin mining facility. If the prison time doesn’t sound bad enough – he also got additional fine to pay 100,000 yuan (€12,500).
Author: Sarah Tuuli