The Australian Federal police (AFP) investigation against two employees of the Weather Bureau, who allegedly used work computers for mining cryptocurrency.
February 28, the Federal police appeared in the Bureau of meteorology with a search warrant and questioned by two IT staff, one of which since then is on vacation . It is known that has not yet been charged. AFP and staff members of the Bureau at this time refrain from any comments.
Chris Berg from the Innovation centre Blockchain (RMIT) told the media that the suspects either used the computational power of the Bureau to the mining of cryptocurrencies that use electricity:
“Most likely employees from using work equipment, as the Bureau of Meteorology has very powerful computers. But there is also the likelihood of unauthorized use of electric energy. Mining cryptocurrency is a very energy consuming task, and the suspects apparently didn’t want to pay the bills from their pockets”.
Last month a number of engineers all-Russian research Institute of experimental physics in the Nizhny Novgorod region was arrested after attempting to use one of Russia’s largest supercomputer for mining cryptocurrency.