The investigation began with a discovery within an isolated area within Ball High School.
A device found in Ball High School shocked a neighbor who was confused about why someone installed a cane, cable, or router.
“I don’t think it’s very reliable. You’ve been working here for years,” said former student Syriaha Smith. “I just want to know why you wanted to do it.”
Director Gerry Gibson doesn’t say who that person is, except that they are no longer working in the district. A few weeks ago, the district firewall detected some pings. As a result, cryptocurrency mining machines were discovered on six campuses.
“That’s my philosophy,” Gibson said. “You build things on the basis of trust. You invest in people’s lives. It stinks when you do it and the return on investment is not what you want.”
Gibson says student and faculty information is not at risk.
What is a CYRPTOCURRENCY mining machine?
Texas Blockchain Council President Lee Bratcher said mining machines are not intended for hacking, but for supporting the Bitcoin network. “The miners are protecting their networks and are paying for being rewarded by the codebase, which is now 6.25 Bitcoin,” Bracher explained.
The more machines you have, the more money you will receive. Bratcher said that every 10 minutes, $ 250,000 will be distributed as a reward.
Power is required to run the machine. “If we could run one of these machines with equipment with less power contracts, it could be more profitable,” Bracher explains.
Galveston ISD leaders said current ex-employees do not have permission to install machines and use school electricity.
GALVESTON ISD makes changes after mining devices found in quarantined areas
The device was found in an area with few accessible locations. “If the principal needs to get in there, they’ll get in there,” Gibson explained. “Reconfirm it to make sure that all principals in this district have the keys to all the locks on campus.”
Despite the changes, the district has not completed its investigation. The employee has died, but may take further action. School leaders can submit the findings to the district attorney’s office.
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