Bureau of Meteorology Australian IT Employees Suspected of Illegal Crypto Mining

The AFP Have Been Investigating The Matter

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The Australian Federal Police launched an investigation regarding two employees in the Bureau of meteorology for using one of the organizational computers to mine Bitcoin. This report is according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

Therefore, the AFP appeared at the Bureau of Meteorology on Feb 28 last week. They had a search warrant and were involved in questioning the two employees. However, one has gone on leave. According to ABC, no charges have been filed. Additionally, the Bureau of Meteorology and AFP have not made any comments about the investigation which is being carried out.

Chris Berg who is from the RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub further told the ABC that the employees could have been involved in the use of the organizational computational power in the mining process. On the other hand, they could also have been involved in using the organizational electricity to avoid the payment of their electrical bills.

Chris Berg Statement;

“One possibility is that they’re trying to use some of the equipment that the Bureau of Meteorology have [sic]. 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.”

Last month, an incident just similar to this happened in Russia. Russian engineers were involved I the use of one of Russia’s largest and most powerful supercomputer for their mining purposes. However, they were arrested later on.

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