Admin stealing computers to take the lead on SETI @ Home

    The distributed project for decoding radio signals from space SETI @ Home started over ten years ago. This is the largest distributed computing project in the world, and many of us are already used to launching a beautiful screensaver. Therefore, I am sincerely sorry for Brad Niesluchowski, the system administrator of one of the school districts in Arizona, who was fired for his excessive zeal in the search for extraterrestrial civilizations.

    As follows from the materials of the criminal case, Nesluchowski stole 18 computers and installed them at home using a computing cluster for the SETI @ Home program, and also, most likely, for a similar system of distributed scientific computing BOINC . In addition, he installed SETI @ Home on all school computers.

    As a result, the administrator is charged with damages ranging from $ 1.2 million to $ 1.6 million. This is electricity consumption over ten years, amortization of processors and other costs.

    The investigation revealed that Nesluchowski registered with SETI @ Home in February 2000, a month after being hired by the school district, and since then has become the undisputed leader of the SETI @ Home project in terms of the amount of information processed (see SETI @ Home statistics by nickname NEZ ): 579 million “credits,” equivalent to approximately 10.2 million hours of machine time.

    Although Nesluchowski’s efforts were aimed at the benefit of all mankind, he was fired from his job. The investigation also revealed that he had not installed a firewall in the school network and did not train technical personnel. Regarding the amount of financial damage will still be understood. The trial of Brad Nesluchowski will take place soon.

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