TDT | Manama
Daily Tribune – www.newsofbahrain.com
Bahrain’s IT professionals facing laws allegedly abusing university-owned assets here to mine cryptocurrencies will know his fate next month. The Bahraini Court of Justice will pass the verdict in the case of August 17, 2022.
Investigators said they had arrested a man who was an IT expert for running a mining rig of 28 machines from a university server room here. He is said to have been running a university-based mining business since 2019. The profits he has made from this business have not yet been revealed.
However, the university said they suffered a loss in BD20,000 tone thanks to unauthorized mining. The suspect, an IT expert, initially operated a mining machine from home, but moved it to a room that housed a university internet server to save internet and electricity.
The plan failed only when the university staff, who found the machine in the server room and became suspicious, reported it to the university. When asked, the suspect denied having knowledge of the system first found in the server room. But when the investigator confronted him with solid evidence, he could not hold his grounds.
According to court files, he confessed to installing the system at the university as early as 2019 while the kingdom was busy fighting the outbreak of the coronavirus. University officials reportedly suffered a loss of BD2,00 in electricity consumption during these years.
The suspect faced a criminal proceeding in the High Criminal Court. Experts say that when people do such things, it goes beyond stealing electricity because it can slow down the entire work of the facility.