• 15 hours Renters Are Striking As COVID Reshapes Real Estate
  • 23 hours Nothing Can Stop The Tesla Boom
  • 2 days 9 Ways The Lockdown Is Playing Out Around The World
  • 2 days WeWork Sues SoftBank For Withdrawing $3 Billion Insider Payoff
  • 3 days Solving Transportation’s Biggest Problem
  • 3 days Big Banks Could Win Big On Fed Small Business Bailout
  • 3 days Trump Increases Pressure On Venezuela
  • 3 days Researchers Create Organic Battery
  • 4 days Gold Is Still A Safe Haven, But Not Very Alluring
  • 4 days China Is Buying Up Billions Of Barrels Of Cheap Crude Oil
  • 5 days Are Gold Stocks Going To Bounce Back?
  • 5 days The Politics Of A Pandemic
  • 6 days What Does CHina’s EV Slowdown Mean For The Battery Metals Sector?
  • 7 days COVID Report Cards Will Brand Businesses Forever
  • 7 days Trump Tweet Sends Oil Soaring 25%
  • 8 days Why The Coronavirus Economic Crash Is Worse Than You Think
  • 8 days Is A Global Currency Necessary?
  • 9 days America Has Shed 500,000 Millionaires Since The Coronavirus Lockdown Began
  • 9 days Trump Wants Another $2 Trillion Economic Intervention
  • 10 days The Surprising Businesses Deemed “Essential” During The Coronavirus Lockdown
U.S. Pushes For Digital Currency For Immediate Stimulus

U.S. Pushes For Digital Currency For Immediate Stimulus

The world’s governments are rushing…

China's Boldest Move Yet To Ditch The U.S. Dollar

China's Boldest Move Yet To Ditch The U.S. Dollar

It appears that China's blockade…

Iran Looks To Launch Its Own Cryptocurrency

Iran Looks To Launch Its Own Cryptocurrency

Iran has proposed the creation…

Jan Bauer

Jan Bauer

Staff Writer, Safehaven.com

Jan is a writer for Safehaven.com She has 15+ years experience in FX trading and focuses on crypto currencies, FX, gold and silver investments

Contact Author

  1. Home
  2. Cryptocurrencies
  3. Other

Iceland Arrests 11 In Crypto Mining Heist

Iceland

Law enforcement in Iceland have arrested 11 people and continue to hunt for $2 million worth of cryptocurrency mining equipment after a total of 600 crypto rigs were stolen from data centers in four separate heists.

The mining rigs were stolen during four separate incidents in December and January at various data centers and have yet to be recovered.

The investigation is ongoing and police are tracking the stolen computers by monitoring electricity consumption across the country in hopes of discovering the thieves. This assumes that those behind the thefts are intending to mine bitcoin rather than resell the equipment to other miners.

By monitoring unusually high spikes in energy usage, police are hoping to uncover what they suspect might be an illegal bitcoin mining operation.

Iceland is home to massive data-centers shrouded in secrecy. One of the best-known and first on the scene in Iceland is Genesis Mining, which set up shop there in 2014.

As one of the most attractive venues for crypto-mining, Iceland’s first new claim to fame is that it’s reportedly using more electricity on crypto mining than it is on households.

Home to cheap and plentiful energy, Iceland produces 80 percent of its power through hydroelectric plants, and its low-energy costs are a boon to Bitcoin miners.

Related: What Sent Bitcoin Below $10k?

But the criminal underworld is never far behind the latest craze.    

It’s not just about steeling bitcoin anymore: If you have the right team in place, stealing the equipment itself can be even more lucrative in the longer term.

And as Iceland grows in popularity due to its volcanic potential to provide cheap and abundant geothermal energy—the biggest cost associated with cryptocurrency mining—it’s a logical venue for attracting criminal elements.

So far, aside from a 2016 heist of 165 crypto mining rigs from a facility in North Carolina, criminal activity has been largely focused on hacking into exchanges and making away with customers’ digital holdings.

Last December, nearly $78 million in bitcoin was been stolen by hackers from the Slovenian-based bitcoin mining marketplace NiceHash.

In January, the digital wallet of Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck was hacked and nearly $500 million in digital tokens were stolen.

In February, Taiwanese police said they suspected four gangsters of violently assaulting two men and forcing them to transfer $5 million in bitcoins into their account.

Also last month, Russian security officers arrested several scientists working at a top-secret Russian nuclear warhead facility in Sarov for illegally mining cryptocurrency inside the facility.

All of these heists have spurred calls for regulating the cryptocurrency market.

By Jan Bauer for Safehaven.com

More Top Reads From Safehaven.com:

Back to homepage

Leave a comment

Leave a comment