Last week, the Security Service of Ukraine discovered in Vinnitsa, a huge mining farm, after a “leak” of large amounts of electricity was noticed. It turned out that the attackers mined cryptocurrency right in one of the former warehouses of Vinnytsiaoblenergo JSC, having illegally connected to the network.
Law enforcement officials say it is the largest illegal mining farm they have found in the country, with nearly 5,000 pieces of equipment seized as a result. So, during searches at the place of work of the farm and at the addresses of residence of its organizers, 3,800 game consoles were seized (as you can see in the photo, this is a PlayStation 4), more than 500 video cards, 50 processors, as well as documentation on accounting for electricity consumption, phones, flash drives and so on.
According to preliminary data, the amount of losses from the operation of such a farm could be from 5 to 7 million UAH (13.6-19 million rubles) per month. At the same time, the “leakage” of such an amount of electricity could lead to sad consequences, for example, entire quarters of Vinnitsa could remain without electricity.
Representatives of Vinnitsaoblenergo JSC have already stated that the company had nothing to do with the illegal farm, and “equipment for mining cryptocurrencies has never worked in the premises owned by the company.”
Interestingly, the local media does write that law enforcement officers most likely found not a mining farm, but a farm of game bots (hence the abundance of PlayStation 4 Slim, which are not very good for mining), which, for example, could grind in-game currency and pump accounts for the FIFA football simulator.