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Admin steals computers to get to the top of SETI@Home

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The distributed project to decode radio signals from space, SETI@Home, started more than a decade ago. It is the world’s largest distributed computing project, and many of us are used to running a beautiful screen saver. So it’s a sincere pity for Brad Niesluchowski, a system administrator for a school district in Arizona, who was fired for being too overzealous in his search for extraterrestrial civilizations.
According to the criminal case file, Neslujowski stole 18 computers and installed them in his home, using a computing cluster for the SETI@Home program, and most likely also for a similar distributed scientific computing system BOINC He also installed the SETI@Home program on all school computers.
As a result, the admin is charged with damages ranging from $1.2 million to $1.6 million. That’s a decade’s worth of electricity consumption, depreciation of processors, and other costs.
The investigation revealed that Nesluchowski registered with SETI@Home in February 2000, a month after he was hired by the school district, and since that time has been the undisputed leader of SETI@Home in the amount of information processed (see SETI@Home statistics at NEZ nickname ): 579 million "credits, " equivalent to about 10.2 million hours of machine time.
Although Nesluchowski’s efforts were for the good of all mankind, he was fired from his job. The investigation also revealed that he had not installed a firewall on the school network and had not trained the technical staff. The amount of financial damages is still to be determined. Brad Neslujowski’s trial will take place soon.

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