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Italian arrested for allegedly using airport computer systems to mine Ethereum

October 30, 2020

An Italian airport employee is said to have used computer systems at his workplace to mine Ethereum (ETH).

The employee of the airport in the Italian city Lamezia Terme, which allegedly installed mining malware in the airport’s computer systems, He said today a summary of the news from the Italian media Rai news. The employee should have installed several Mining equipment Use of the airport’s backend systems. The authorities finally caught the perpetrator thanks to the images captured by surveillance cameras.

The technical services of Sacal Global Solutions Supervision of the technical framework of airports in the Italian region of Calabria. The 41-year-old airport employee is said to have logged into Sacal’s systems to install the mining malware. The employee’s actions put the airport’s computer systems at risk, the executive summary added.

Italian arrested for allegedly using airport computer systems to mine Ethereum
Italian arrested for allegedly using airport computer systems to mine Ethereum

“With the help of the airport authorities, the researchers analyzed the partition walls of the computer network within the operations center and discovered the existence of a real ‘mining farm’ in two different technical rooms. […] Connected to the external Internet via systems for managing airport services and supplied with electricity from the airport “, Rai News reported, adding:

“The investigations, coordinated by the Public Prosecutor of Lamezia Terme, were carried out with technical activities that made it possible to examine the IP addresses associated with the machines installed and to identify the location of the ‘Ethermine’ pool [utilizado para la ‘minería’ de la criptomonedas Ethereum] and monitor the website. “

Cryptocurrency mining malware is not an uncommon threat in the industry. Near the peak of the last bull cycle of the cryptocurrency market in January 2018, this type of malware apparently plagued 55% of companies worldwide.