The Russian police have started an investigation on two businessmen for stealing energy in the process of mining cryptocurrencies.
According to the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs, the entrepreneurs established a mining facility on an abandoned industrial area in the region of Orenburg.
While the investigation continues, the Russian police declared that they have been receiving complaints about a possible mining farm at the beginning of March 2018.
The power plant that was supplying the industrial area analyzed the conspicuous energy consumption and reported the activity to the local police.
“As [the] preliminary investigation concluded, high technology equipment was used to create cryptocurrency. The persons suspected of having committed the crime have been identified following the investigation carried out by the Orenburg Regional Office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia,” declared a spokesperson from the Ministry.
While the police did not disclose yet the number of bitcoins which was mined, multiple reports are suggesting that the two entrepreneurs have created a mining farm with a capacity of 8 million kWh on the abandoned industrial rubber goods plant and mined bitcoin with by stealing energy.
The two “electricity pirates” managed to connect the cables that were powering 6000 mining devices to an electric station located in the area. The local police disclosed that the miners were executives who worked in the former rubber factory and that the mining business was running incognito.
The cryptocurrency mining has started to become a very attractive activity for businessmen but also for people who are willing to avoid the law.
At the beginning of the year, we’ve reported an unusual attempt to mine cryptocurrencies. Two scientists working at a secret Russian nuclear warhead plant from Sarov Russia, have tried to mine bitcoin using a supercomputer from the facility. After the discovery, the scientists were arrested by the authorities.