While it has become par for the course that cryptocurrency is the target of cyber attack, cryptojacking, money laundering, and various ICO scam, this time a Norwegian Bitcoin mining farm received a physical threat.
Vakdalposten, a Norwegian newspaper, announced on August 11th, 2018, that Kryptovault, a local mining farm, received a bomb threat. Operations of the Bitcoin mining farm are out of Follum, Honefoss, and Dale.
Kryptovault’s managing director, Gjermund Hagesaeter, reported to local media outlet Ringerikes Blad newspaper, that he contacted police as soon as he received the threat. Hagesaeter also cautioned his team to take measures to remain aware during their normal activities. Hagesaeter told the newspaper Ringerikes Blad:
“The threat has been reported to the police and these are also taking the whole issue very seriously indeed. We have also asked the police to assess whether any further action needs to be taken. The facility at Follum is located in a fenced area, so it would be difficult for any intruder to gain access but the one at Dale is far more accessible so we have warned everyone to be on their toes.”
The managing director has told the media that Kryptovault has had some conflict with local residents of Honefoss and Dale about the noise generated from its mining farms.
The threat read:
“This is sabotage. If you are expanding crypto mining and filling the country with noise, then you will be sabotaging the peace. I am threatening to send you some explosives”.
The Bitcoin mining center based in Dale warned its team that if anyone noticed suspicious activity, that they were to evacuate the building. Currently local authority is investigating the matter.
The company is a “green” Bitcoin cloud mining firm that operates by renting space in these small villages and monitors computers to mine cryptocurrency. The mining farms are powered by clean energy produced from hydro-, and wind-powered turbines.