Cryptofarm with thousands of PS4 Pro raided in Ukraine
The Security Service of Ukraine or SBU has discovered and raided a cryptocurrency mining farm suspected of stealing electricity from the country’s electricity grid. But instead of finding computers, the agency found racks with thousands of PS4 Pro stacked vertically side by side. As reported by Kotaku, Ukrainian authorities seized over 5,000 game-related devices – 3,800 of which were consoles – from a warehouse near (and formerly owned by) power distribution company Vinnytsiaoblenergo.
Cryst is the largest cryptocurrency the SBU has discovered so far and the agency believes it is being operated by people living in the cities of Kiev and Vinnytsia. Apparently, operators used special electricity meters to prevent authorities from detecting the theft, which totaled $ 257,000. “At the same time,” the SBU wrote in its announcement, “the illegal withdrawal of electricity could lead to more global consequences – entire neighborhoods of Vinnytsia may be left without electricity.”
Vinnytsiaoblenergo denied any involvement in a statement sent to Kyiv Post“The equipment used for cryptocurrency mining has never worked on the premises owned by our company.” He also said he did not find any evidence of electrical theft and that the SBU findings “do not correspond to reality”. While it is unclear at this time whether the object really stole electricity or not, the SBU has published images of the PS4 Pro it found in the repository, which you can see below. like Kotaku notes, 3,800 consoles mean an investment of around US $ 1,500,000, assuming they are all PS4 Pro.
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