Netsolus Mines on Your Hardware for Fun and Profit : Bitcoin

Netsolus Mines on Your Hardware for Fun and Profit

On 12/22/2013, while administrating the Bitcoin controller network at the Netsolus data center, I discovered that at least 13 client bitcoin miners, on the "Crow's Nest" floor, were being hijacked and used to mine on the Eligius account 1PuPn9kVrBx5kFGoWbc58CEo7s4XQd1jgu. Checking that account I found that about 2 BTC had been paid out to it. I correlated this activity with a particular workstation, belonging to a particular employee, during that particular employee's shifts. There was little doubt as to who was doing this. And it didn't seem like something hard to solve. But then things got weird.
Right after I pull the encriminating logs, Delivery Man shows up at the NOC to relieve me and I inform him what I 've found. He says the last thing he wants is "for your first experience in IT to be this cloak and dagger shit. Rogue Admin is a dangerous guy; he carries a gun." Delivery Man wanted me to look the other way. But I told him that was ridiculous. So, he says he'll go upstairs and ask the three owners if they "want to know." And apparantley they do "want to know." So, I go upstairs.
I present the evidence to the three owners in a private meeting and they all agree that the employee in question will be fired. Furthermore, they acknowledge that my safety is dubious until this is sinched.
The next morning, Delivery Man invites me out to the spa. And it's there he tries to persuade me to just covering the whole thing up. And he gives a great motive for doing so: the company itself, not just the Rogue Admin, is also stealing from clients with workers like 'taran' and 'WhiteMountain' in slush's pool – workers who have made far more than 2 BTC, workers that churn on at least 1 TH round the clock. The Rogue Admin knows this, so even confronting him is out of the question.
My next shift, COO comes down insinuating the same thing: the Rogue Admin can't be fired. He insists that instead I should just install more thorough monitoring software, placating me. He tells me to put the linux tool snoopy on all the controllers, but not on "Black Mesa", the secret, supposedly far-away, location, staffed by an under-the-table employee, where hardware is shuffled to and from by Delivery Man every few weeks. (Yes, it really is called "Black Mesa.")
So I put up the faux-monitoring, but not on Black Mesa, and then resume auditing the network as I had been, trying to build a catalog of all the hardware.
On New Year's Eve, the Crow's Nest has a brownout. I call On-Call Engineer and explain the situation. Eight hosts were down and other hosts were unstable, but it wasn't too bad. We'd only lost partial power. On-Call Engineer appeared shortly thereafter and turned the entire floor off. I told On-Call Engineer that all some 50 clients were down and he said that he knew and it was going to be at least a few days until they were back up because there was some “antique part” that "exploded" in the basement and they had to special order it.
The next night Delivery Man packed up a bunch of hardware from that floor and moved it to Black Mesa. I called building maintenance to check on the status of the power and they told me that he had talked with On-call Engineer about this a day ago, that there was no basement problem, and that it was instead a break in the line near the floor itself. So much for correlating hardware and clients. And, seriously, did someone actually cut power to feighn a brownout? Really? I couldn't believe it.
On 1/6/13 I show up and my security credentials are revoked. They say its a "SOX compliance audit"-mistake. My supervisor and COO both come down with me into this little room, where I am literally cornered, and they start asking why I'm asking so many questions about where hardware goes in the middle of the night, and what kind of severance I want. I have a panic attack.
I ask to leave. COO tells me I have to stay. He just keeps pressing and pressing me. It's an interrogation. He wants to know what I know. I'm very upset. I finally get out, go downstairs to the lobby, and wait for a taxi. Then CEO and COO come down and pressure me again; more questions, more offers of severance, despite me asking to be left alone and being very obviously upset. Finally they yield and I get to go home.
Over the past month or so I've filed a report with the SEC, talked to two lawyers, two journalists, and the US Dept. of Labor. Everyone blows me off. They hear "Bitcoin" and just stop listening. Meanwhile who know's how much money is being quietly lopped off of clients earnings.
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Want to sue BFL too? I purchased a 1 year hosting contract, this might be important to you too!

Can I sue Butterfly Labs bitcoin mining hardware company?
I purchased a 1 year hosting contract from BFL, the order is still processing.
A hosting contract is a service where the company, or another company in connection with Butterfly Labs host the mining hardware for you and you earn bitcoins for 1 year.
The problem is that in their FAQ page, they refer to a company, website: However, when you try to go to that website, it redirects to another company, called I spoke with customer service, they said that they are not going to host for BFL, and that, as the customer care rep said, BFL might be hosting its own miners.
So the question is, will BFL actually host its own miners?
If they are not, then I might just had lost my money, since the 1 year hosting contract is a pre-order.
But, if BFL is being sued by this other guy, then could I still have a way of claim damages if BFL does not deliver service, even though it was a pre-order?
Link to other guy that sue:
Don't know, and it does not say, whether that person's lawsuit relates to a 1 year hosting contract or the purchase of bitcoin miner.
If I can sue BFL, I want to sue for damages and attorney's fee paid by them, for the incurred lost, that is in the event they don't deliver service.
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