Police of Iceland reported a series of the largest in this country robberies, which stole about 600 farms for mining bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. The cost of damage is estimated at almost $ 2 million, the Associated Press reports.
The press of Iceland has already called the incident “Big robbery of bitcoin” by analogy with “The Great Train Robbery”.
As part of the investigation of the incident, 11 people were arrested, one of whom worked as a security guard. On Friday, the Reykjanes District Court examined the measure of restraint for the detainees, leaving two people under arrest.
“This is an unprecedented in its scale robbery. Everything indicates that the crime was well planned,” said a police representative of the Reykjanes peninsula, where two such robberies occurred.
In total, four cases of theft of farms were recorded. Three of them occurred in December last year, one more – in January 2018, but for more effective investigation and capture of criminals the police did not then make the incident publicly known.
However, stolen hardware has not yet been found, and the police are currently monitoring areas with high energy consumption.
Let’s remind, in Iceland there are data-centers of a number of the mining companies, including such known player as Genesis Mining. Many of them keep their whereabouts secret.