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May 21, 2012, 07:15:40 AM

ABC's Bitcoin miner tackled in minutes
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) looked set to become a haven for Bitcoin virtual currency mining last year, after a so-called "miner" placed a piece of code in the production environment, which could have potentially netted to thousands of dollars. The ABC's security systems, however, had other plans.

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The situation caught the attention of Liberal Senator Eric Abetz, who, in Senate Estimates, quizzed the ABC on how this might have happened, how it was rectified and what happened to the staffer.
"An ABC staff member, with high level IT access privileges, placed the Bitcoin mining code on the ABC website. The placement of the code was detected by internal ABC checks within 30 minutes and was removed immediately," the ABC told Senate Estimates.

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