Dude stole 600 Bitcoin mining rigs, was sentenced, and now has broken out of jail in Iceland.
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Authorities say a man who is suspected of being the mastermind behind the theft of $2 million worth of bitcoin mining equipment has escaped the Icelandic prison where he was being held. In Iceland, news outlets have come to call it the "Big Bitcoin Heist." In four separate heists, 600 bitcoin mining rigs were stolen and have yet to be found. Police in Iceland said they believe Sindri Thor Stefansson fled a low-security prison through a window and boarded a flight to Sweden at Iceland's international airport in Keflavik. Iceland has become an attractive place for bitcoin miners due to its use of hydroelectric plants that provide low electricity costs. For someone to set up a hub with 600 miners in Iceland without being noticed seems unlikely, and the fact that none of the stolen items have been recovered suggests that the devices have been moved out of the country. Crescent Electric Supply Company estimates that just the electricity cost of mining a single bitcoin in the US falls between $3,224 and $9,000, depending on where you're located.
Bitcoin mining is the process by which transactions are verified and added to the public ledger, known as the block chain, and also the means through which new bitcoin are released. 02. Is it necessary to be "online" on the site in order to work the mining? The Associated Press reports of a Bitcoin heist in Iceland where thieves stole some 600 computers used to "mine" bitcoin and other virtual currencies. "Some 11 people were arrested, including a security guard, in what Icelandic media have dubbed the 'Big Bitcoin Heist,'" reports the Associated Press. Bitcoin mining is the process of adding transaction records to Bitcoin's public ledger of past transactions or blockchain. This ledger of past transactions is called the block chain as it is a chain of blocks. The block chain serves to confirm transactions to the rest of the network as having taken place. Bitcoin miners have been forced to look for more efficient mining equipment since the supply cut event of May 11, which slashed miner revenue by 50% from 12.5 to 6.25 BTC per block. The United ... 3. Bitcoin Mining Hardware CPU mining. When Bitcoin first started out, there weren’t a lot of miners out there. In fact, Satoshi, the inventor of Bitcoin, and his friend Hal Finney were a couple of the only people mining Bitcoin back at the time with their own personal computers.. Using your CPU (central processing unit—your computer’s brain) was enough for mining Bitcoin back in 2009 ...