Iceland police arrest suspected Bitcoin server thieves

Police in Iceland have arrested 11 folks suspected of stealing greater than 600 computer systems that have been getting used to mine crypto-currencies, reports AP.

The computer systems have been stolen throughout 4 raids on knowledge centres round Iceland.

The nation is a well-liked location for knowledge centres as a result of nearly 100% of the ability generated there comes from renewable sources.

Two of the suspects are in custody, and 9 have been launched on bail. The stolen servers haven’t been recovered.

The AP newswire mentioned police have been now contacting web service supplier (ISPs), electricians and storage items, asking them to report sudden spikes in energy utilization or different indicators the stolen servers had been reconnected. The worth of the stolen computer systems has been put at $2m (£1.45m).

In February, Iceland’s HS Orka energy technology firm mentioned it was seeing an “exponential” rise within the quantity of power being utilized in these knowledge centres to mine and confirm crypto-currency transactions.

For the primary time, it mentioned, the power required for coin mining had exceeded that utilized by Iceland’s 340,000 inhabitants to energy their houses.

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