Well cryptocurrency has inspired many people and companies to tap into new innovations and break ground, the coins also inspired lowly behavior. We’ve seen heist, hacks and thefts all for the love of cryptocurrency. Jeffrey Rikala and Jonathan Turrentine, two California state information technology employees have found themselves going down the latter path for their love of crypto, as they used state computers to mine.
The charges were filed against them by the Sacramento County District Attorney’s office on February 2017. The two workers were accused of mining on the state computers in October of 2016. As of today neither Rikala or Teurrentine are working for the department. Bryce Brown, a spokesman for the technology department has confirmed their release, stating that Teurrentine was terminated in November of 2016 and Rikala in May of 2017.
Before the court Jeffrey Rikala and Jonathan Teurrentine, the two former software systems specialist pleaded guilty using the computers illegally and running software that gave them access to the cryptocurrency Monero. The two of them were both sentenced to 30 days in jail.
The court has yet to release any statements or documents detailing how Rikala and Teurrentine misused the state-owned computers. Catching them wasn’t hard to do as most state department monitor how their employees use their computers.
As far as worker using their work computers for activity that concerns mining cryptocurrency, it’s fairly common.It was only one month ago that a group of engineers were arrested in Russia for using supercomputers at the All-Russian Scientific Research Institute of Experimental Physics. Tatyana Zalesskaya the head of press at the institute stated, “Similar attempts have recently been registered in a number of large companies with large computing capacities, which will be severely suppressed at our enterprises, this is technically a hopeless and criminal offense,”