Australian BoM staff questioned by Federal Police over misuse of resources for cryptocurrency mining

Two Bureau of Meteorology employees are being investigated by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) for allegedly running an elaborate operation involving the use of the bureau’s powerful computers to “mine” cryptocurrencies…

Entire IT team herded into a conference room by the AFP during a raid held yesterday.

Two staff members were then extensively questioned however no charges have been laid as the investigation continues.

The BoM make use of some of the most highly powered computer systems in the country for predicting weather patterns. Their intense computational output make them a cryptominer’s dream – especially when you’re not footing their power bill!

Source: Police question Bureau of Meteorology staff over cryptocurrency operation – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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