The New York City Conflicts of Interest Board has announced that a Department of Education worker has received a fine for running Bitcoin-mining software on his Department of Education computer. The improper mining activities took place in 2014, and involved a month-long mining operation in which Vladimir Ilyayev used that DOE system to mine Bitcoin each night.
In the case disposition released this week, Ilyayev admitted to the mining, and claimed that he used remote access programs to keep tabs on his work computer’s mining progress from the comfort of his home. He also suggested that he had trouble installing the mining software, as the DOE’s computer security needed to be bypassed before he could start his mining operation. It took several install attempts before he was able to convert that government computer into his own personal mining operation.
According to reports, Ilyayev’s punishment for improper use of that government property amounts to a little over $600. He has apparently agreed to surrender four of his annual vacation days. Despite city regulations that forbid employees from participating in any kind of “profit-making activity” while they are at work, the Board declined to “impose any additional penalty” in the case.