Kazakhstan’s Finance Ministry Caught Employees Mining Cryptos Using Government Property

Four IT specialists working for the Finance Ministry in four different regions of Kazakhstan have been held accountable for using government hardware to mine cryptocurrencies. They were working at local offices of the ministry’s Department of State Revenue. The miners have been abusing  the servers of the tax authority, including the most powerful personal computers available to employees.
According to Kazakhstan’s National Security Committee (KNB), “They have secretly installed mining software,which significantly decreased the speed of information processing and slowed down government computers.” The KNB is in charge of the investigations against the four personnel, but the Department of State Revenue have also started an internal inquiry.
Following this incident, the Department of State Revenue added that they will tighten control over their IT departments.
The employees have been charged with “impeding the work of information systems and telecommunications networks” and “creation, use or distribute of malicious computer  programs and software products.”

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