The Australian Federal police (AFP) interviewed two IT professionals from the Bureau of Meteorology in Melbourne (BoM) — they are suspected of mining the cryptocurrency at work equipment.
A spokesman for the AFP confirmed that on February 28 at the headquarters of the BoM in the Docklands was searched. He did not disclose details because the investigation is ongoing. Any charges not yet filed, and at least one of the interrogated is now on vacation.
Mining cryptocurrencies requires powerful computers and significant costs of electricity. Mining of cryptocurrencies in Australia are not prohibited, but in the case of BoM we are talking about the use of equipment belonging to the Bureau and electricity paid by the Agency, experts said. They confirmed that the Bureau of Meteorology has powerful computers to solve their problems.
“One possibility is that they are trying to use some equipment that has the Bureau of Meteorology. The Bureau had very fast computers. Another possibility is that they’re just trying to force the Bureau to pay for electricity. Mining is a very energy-intensive task, and they probably didn’t want to pay for it themselves,” explained Professor Chris Berg (Chris Berg) of the Innovative blockchain-the hub of RMIT University.
We will remind, earlier it was reported that in Russia two members of the closed Federal nuclear center tried to get bitcoins at the existing supercomputer.