Australian Weather Bureau suffered from 2 Bitcoin scams

The Bureau of Meteorology of Australia has been affected by 2 occasions connected with Bitcoin this year
21 May 2018   1418

Two scandals related to the Australian weather bureau and cryptocurrency are being declared as coincidental. An advertising firm stays suspended by the Bureau of Meteorology after ads linking to a scam report about Bitcoin appeared on the site in January and February. 

The company's Melbourne offices were checked by federal police later in February because of the charges towards 2 specialists had been using the bureau's powerful computers to mine cryptocurrencies. BoM director Andrew Johnson explained at a Senate hearing on Monday there was "no connection whatsoever" between these 2  events.

The official claimed that the probe into data mining had been underway for a considerable time before the Australian Federal Police made the decision to act in February. But howewer he was not able to answer questions from Centre Alliance senator Stirling Griff about the progress of that research. Dr Johnson confirmed the advertising establishment responsible for the fraudulent ads in January and February stays blacklisted because of concerns about its ability to block activity.

The ads lead to a news report about Tesla boss Elon Musk on a fake CNN look-alike 
site which then connected users to scam Bitcoin sites. Dr Johnson declared it was a constant battle against those with harmful intent but the bureau used a four-stage review policy used to monitor ads from a second organisation. Ads on the site bring in over $4 million per year. 

Bitifinex to Cooperate With Bitrefill

Exchange's users will be able to purchase products from the Bitrefill catalog with help of Lightning Network
05 December 2019   145

The Bitfinex cryptocurrency exchange has entered into a partnership with the service of replenishing mobile accounts and gift certificates Bitrefill.

Using Lightning Network (LN) technology, Bitfinex users will be able to purchase products from the Bitrefill catalog, which includes more than 2,000 digital gift cards and options for replenishing mobile accounts.

As soon as the user pays for the goods using Bitcoin, Bitfinex and Bitrefill automatically settle through the LN network, which makes transactions cheaper and much faster.

Bitcoin’s use as a means of payment represents an important milestone in the inevitable journey towards mass adoption. This is why the Lightning Network is so important. As an exchange, Bitfinex is at the forefront of developing solutions utilizing this technology.

Paolo Ardoino

CTO, Bitfinex

On December 3, Bitfinex integrated payment support through the Lightning Network.