Police allegedly tracked down a system of 49 PCs working in the in the premises of former electrical services company PGH Elektr. Since at least the year 2017, the mining farm has apparently consumed as much electricity as 30 households, with the harm for the influenced power provider evaluated to around 220,000 euros ($250,053).
According to news site Freie Presse, 30 of the 49 PCs were furnished equipped with special cryptocurrency mining hardware, with an aggregate of 80 graphics processing units (GPUs) installed. (GPUs) introduced. Amid the attack, the police allegedly captured five men and one lady for taking power to operate the cryptocurrency mining activity.
In December, a Taiwanese man suspected to steal the power worth over $3 million to mine Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH) was arrested. The suspect was blamed for purportedly stealing the power to mine cryptocurrencies worth more than 100 million yuan ($14.5 million). Yang purportedly contracted electricians to rewire the premises in such a way as to evade electricity metering and detection of the stolen power.
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In October, a Chinese citizen was condemned to three and a half years in prison for stealing power from a train station to fuel his BTC mining activities. Xinghua was said to have stolen power from one of the factories at Kouquan Railway back in November and December 2017 to power his 50 Bitcoin miners and three electric fans around the clock.
In May, it was reported that employees of the neighborhood central station of the National Police in Rivne, Ukraine, were allegedly mining cryptocurrency at work for four months. A provincial authority reportedly appropriated a total of eight video GPUs, six power supply units, two hard drives, a motherboard, and a full PC.