Australian Bureau of Meteorology Staff Investigated By Federal Police For Mining Cryptocurrency

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According to ABC News, two Bureau of Meteorology employees are being investigated by the Australian Federal Police (AFP). The investigation is linked to the employees using the Bureau’s powerful computers to mine cryptocurrencies.

The federal law enforcers executed a warrant last week, on February 28th. Two IT employees were asked questions. The search took place at the Bureau of Meteorology’s headquarters on Collin street in Melbourne.

One of the employee who was questioned has not returned to work yet. There has been no criminal charges made, but the case is still under investigation.

Both the AFP and the Bureau of Meteorology have denied interviews.

Dr. Chris Berg from the MIT Blockchain Innovation Hub told ABC:

“One possibility is that they’re trying to use some of the equipment that the Bureau of Meteorology have. The Bureau of Meteorology has some very fast computers. Another possibility, though, is that they’re just trying to get the Bureau of Meteorology to pay for the electricity. Mining is a very electricity-intensive task and they probably didn’t want to pay for it themselves.”

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