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China’s assault on block reward miners continues, with the discovery of a secret mining farm and the seizure of 190 mining equipment is the most recent step. By operating at an electric vehicle (EV) charging station, the farm could remain undetected for so long.

Guangdong province’s Development and Reform Commission uncovered a covert mining farm in Guangzhou city last week.

Authorities in Guangdong, China’s most populous province, have been scouring cities for illegal mining enterprises that have persisted despite the government’s ban. Hundreds of enterprises have been busted by these authorities, but those that have remained have devised ingenious methods to avoid capture.

Authorities mostly monitor the power grid for unusually high electricity usage, which leads them to the miners. However, local sources claim that the Guangzhou farm was run from an electric vehicle charging station. The authorities were kept away for months because they assumed the excessive use was due to EV charging.

Furthermore, the miners were hidden behind closed doors with thick walls and a guard to conceal their identities.

Authorities seized 190 mining machines worth a total of 791,000 yuan ($5 million). They said the process had lasted more than 1,000 hours and used more than 90,000 kWh of electricity.

Many miners continue to operate in China despite the Chinese government’s tight prohibition on mining, which included social blacklisting for anyone found to be continuing activities. According to research published by cybersecurity firm Qihoo 360 a few months ago, China had over 100,000 active block reward mining IP addresses. According to the research, Guangdong, Jiangsu, Shandong, and Zhejiang were the provinces with the most miners.

Aside from the mining farms, China’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection alleged that numerous state-owned institutions were mining digital assets with public funds in December of last year. For illicit mining, 50 persons were arrested. 21 of them worked for Communist Party agencies.

On the other hand, the Chinese government has been adamant in its efforts to evict all miners from the Asian country. It has also stepped up its crackdown on initial coin offerings (ICOs), digital asset payments, and even non-financial tokens (NFTs) and the metaverse, though the latter has yet to be declared banned.

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