Harvard’s supercomputing cluster commandeered to generate Dogecoins

Love of money can cause people to do unwise things—like stealing time on your university’s resident supercomputer to mine crypto-coins. The Harvard Crimson is carrying the story of someone who did exactly that: an unnamed individual who was discovered using Harvard’s Odyssey supercomputing cluster to generate dogecoins.

An unidentified Harvard community member managed to break their way into the university’s high-powered “Odyssey cluster” last week all for the purpose of mining Dogecoin, reports the Harvard Crimson. The offending miner was reportedly using the research network to participate in a mining competition, taking up significant resources from the cluster in the process. He or she has since been banned from using “any and all research computing facilities on a fully permanent basis.” Wow.

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