The Security Service of Ukraine or the SBU has discovered and searched a cryptocurrency mine farm that allegedly stole electricity from the country’s electricity grid. But instead of finding computers, the agency found carriers with thousands of PS4 Pro vertically stacked next to each other. As he reported Kotaku, Ukrainian authorities seized more than 5,000 gaming – related devices – of which 3,800 are consoles – from a warehouse next to (and previously owned by) energy distribution company Vinnytsiaoblenergo.
It is the largest cryptofarm discovered by the SBU so far, and the agency believes that it is managed by people who live in the cities of Kiev and Vinica. Apparently, the operators used special electricity meters to prevent the authorities from detecting the theft, which amounted to as much as 257,000 US dollars. “At the same time,” the SBU wrote in its announcement, “the illegal withdrawal of electricity could lead to more global consequences – entire parts of Vinica could be left without electricity.”
Vinnytsiaoblenergo denied any involvement in the statement sent Kyiv Post: “The equipment used to extract cryptocurrencies has never worked on premises owned by our company.” She also said that she did not find any evidence of theft of electricity and that the findings of the SBU “do not correspond to reality”. Although it is currently unclear whether the facility actually stole electricity or not, the SBU has released pictures of the PS4 Pro that it found in the warehouse, which you can view below. As Kotaku notes that 3,800 consoles means an investment of about $ 1,500,000, assuming all PS4 professionals.
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