BATON ROUGE – Police arrested a university scholar after he allegedly put in malware on a couple of hundred gadgets throughout completely different LSU laptop labs over the course of about two years.
Campus police arrested Carlos Munoz-Salazar, 25, after a campus know-how providers worker discovered a USB drive he allegedly left in one of many contaminated computer systems.
Arrest information counsel the identical machine was used to put in software program on 169 completely different computer systems which allowed Munoz-Salazar to regulate them remotely. After gaining entry, he then allegedly put in a program that allowed him to mine cryptocurrency from the university-owned computer systems.
LSU staff stated some computer systems had been contaminated way back to June 2018, and the “assaults” continued till the college’s ITS division blocked the software program on July 23, 2020.
Police stated the college was then in a position to make use of Munoz-Salazar’s misplaced USB machine to establish when he logged onto one other laptop on the faculty final week. An worker discovered Munoz-Salazar on the contaminated laptop and took a photograph of his scholar ID.
Munoz-Salazar admitted to authorities he made about $2,500 from mining digital foreign money on the college’s computer systems. He was arrested Friday and booked on 169 counts of laptop tampering and laptop fraud.