Two Bureau of Meteorology staff are under police investigation for allegedly mining cryptocurrencies

Getty ImagesRussia’s crypto-businessman Dmitry Marinichev’s virtual currencies mining farm operates in a former Soviet-era car factory warehouse in Moscow, July 26, 2017.

Two Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) staff are being investigated by the Australian Federal Police for allegedly mining cryptocurrencies using the organisation’s powerful computers.

According to the ABC, police searched the bureau’s Collins Street headquarters in Melbourne last week and spoke to the two IT employees believed to have been involved in the operation.

So far, no charges have been laid but the investigation is continuing.

It’s still unclear whether using the bureau’s computers to carry out the process is considered an illegal use of government resources.

Last month it was revealed the BOM’s website ran an ad for a fake news story about Elon Musk leaving Tesla for a Bitcoin startup. It later blamed the incident on a third party provider.

The Bom declined to comment, saying “it would be inappropriate for the Bureau to comment on a police matter”.

The ABC has more.

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