Lamezia Terme International airport officials arrested an IT technician due to the illegal installation of mining pools that compromised the airport’s security.
The authorities arrested a 41-year-old Italian technician working at the Lamezia Terme International airport. The arrest is due to the unauthorized installation of mining rigs inside the Lamezia airport. The mining rig installed in the facility mines Ethereum tokens continuously.
As a result, the employee could mine and earn a profit using the company’s resources. Accordingly, the technician installed malware in the airport’s security system to become hidden, which compromised the airport’s security infrastructure.
The local authorities of the airport further added that:
…without having to bear the costs of the electricity necessary for the 24-hour operation of the equipment, [he] exploit[ed] the connection of the Sacal plants and compromis[ed] the airport IT security.
In addition, the IP tracing conducted by the local security and the camera’s around the place found more mining pools. These mining pools are located in different control rooms inside the airport.
The security caught the employee off guard and is not done yet with the investigation. The local officials are still determining if the suspect operates alone or others helped him.
Moreover, Ethereum maintains its rank as the second-leading cryptocurrency next to Bitcoin. It may be one of the reasons why the suspect chose the crypto above any altcoins. Regardless, the crypto industry is growing, and it is only a matter of time before digital assets take over the paper-based economy.