Iceland's Stolen Mining Farms May Be In China

Heist of 600 Bitcoin devices was one of the biggest crimes in modern history of Iceland
07 May 2018   1367

600 Bitcoin mining devices, stolen in Iceland, now may be in China, CoinDesk reports.

The police of Iceland sent a request to the Chinese authorities after they learned that they had confiscated 600 mining computers. The Tianjin police seized the devices after discovering an unusually high consumption of electricity in their territory.

The Chinese media then reported "the largest electricity theft in recent years," adding that 8 industrial fans were also confiscated. Attackers connected to the substation bypassing the counters, thus intending to avoid the need to pay for the energy they use to mine the cryptocurrency.

However, until the end it is not clear whether the devices confiscated in China, the attitude to the "big bitcoin-robbery" that occurred in Iceland. Earlier it became known that the devices were stolen during several episodes in December and January. Their exact location is still unknown.

The alleged organizer of the crime should be extradited to Iceland from the Netherlands, where he went, leaving prison on his own, after visiting Sweden.

Bitmain to File IPO Application

The application was sent to Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX)
27 September 2018   405

The largest mining company Bitmain has submitted to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX) listing application for an initial public offering (IPO), according to CoinDesk.

The application is a draft option, and some of its details, in particular the number of shares offered for sale and the immediate date of the IPO, are still in the process of editing.

Nevertheless, the document indicates that last year Bitmain's revenue was $ 2,517,719,000. This figure is higher than in 2016 ($ 277,612,000). As of June 30, 2018, the company's revenue was $ 2,845,467,000.

The application said that in 2017 the gross profit of the company was $ 1 212.7 million, which is also higher than in 2016 ($ 151,351,000).

Earlier, the head of Bitmain, Jihan Wu, expressed his indignation over the actions of the company's chief financial officer, who disclosed the figures for the first quarter 60 days after his end, and not after 90, as he had expected.

The media suggested that in the run-up to the IPO the publication of such information could have a negative effect on the company's investment attractiveness.

In addition, the document confirmed the media's information that Bitmain owns a 3% stake in Opera's Internet browser thanks to an investment of $ 50 million.

The application also indicates that the underwriters of the IPO are China International Capital Corporation Hong Kong Securities Limited, Commerce and Finance Law Offices, Maples and Calder LLP, KPMG and Frost & Sulliva