An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: A Long Island man was charged on Wednesday with using his position as an I.T. supervisor for Suffolk County to mine cryptocurrency from government offices, costing the county thousands of dollars in electricity. Prosecutors said that Christopher Naples, 42, of Mattituck, L.I., had hidden 46 specialized devices used to mine Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in six rooms in the Suffolk County Center in Riverhead, including underneath floorboards and inside an unused electrical panel. Mr. Naples was charged with public corruption, grand larceny, computer trespass and official misconduct. If convicted of the top charge, he could face up to 15 years in prison.
Mr. Naples had admitted that the devices belonged to him and that he had been operating them for at least several months before the district attorney’s office was alerted to the scheme. Prosecutors said that at least 10 of Mr. Naples’s machines had been running since February, costing Suffolk County more than $6,000. […] [G]iven that 36 more machines had been discovered, it was likely that Mr. Naples had cost the county thousands more. […] [O]ne room in which Mr. Naples had placed the devices had critically important computer servers and other equipment for the entire county, and that the temperature in that room in which the devices were placed had dropped 20 degrees shortly after they were disabled.