In the Russian city of Orenburg the police found one of the biggest sites for bitcoin mining on the territory of the Russian Federation. Unknown miners are illegally created the farm at a closed plant, connecting the cables to a nearby substation.
In the room, which Russian media called a “scene from the Matrix,” the investigators found racks of ASIC miners. The farm was equipped with powerful specialized circuits, not the usual graphics cards that use miners.
ASIC-miners were most likely to be used for bitcoin mining because they are able to provide the necessary computing power to process transactions. ASIC-Ki consume huge amounts of electricity and emit a lot of heat. The required cooling was provided by large industrial fans.
Cryptocurrency farm was able to detect thanks to the staff of the local utility — they noticed that the long-bankrupt plant consumes large amounts of electricity.
According to preliminary estimates, the damage from illegal actions of the miners is estimated at 60 million rubles (more than $ 1 million). If the criminals are caught, they face up to 10 years in prison for theft in especially large size.