Unknown people committed the theft of about 600 farms for cryptocurrency mining for the amount of about 2 billion US dollars, as described in the article of the publication Associated Press. Incident, or, we should rather say, incidents occurred in Iceland on the Reykjanes peninsula and have already been called “Big Bitcoin robbery” by the press.
In total, four cases of theft of equipment for mining farms were recorded. Most of them happened in December of 2017, and one happened in January of 2018. Data on the robberies were made public only now, because the authorities needed to maintain the anonymity of the situation for the more effective process of capturing criminals.
At the moment 11 suspects were arrested, two of them remained in the detention center, the rest were released by the court decision. One of those who remained in custody is a guard who was supposed to watch over the robbed data center.
“This is a grand theft on a scale unseen before,” said Olafur Helgi Kjartansson, the police commissioner on the southwestern Reykjanes peninsula, where two of the burglaries took place. “Everything points to this being a highly organized crime.”
One source, anonymous because of the ban on talking to the media, said that the police are closely monitoring the consumption of electricity throughout the country, in the hope that the criminals will reveal themselves in this way.