The number of illegal crypto-mining farms caught in Iran is approaching 7,000.


Iranian authorities have closed nearly 7,000 unauthorized facilities for cryptocurrency mining over the past two years, local media reported. According to the report, most of the illegal Bitcoin farms are concentrated in five states of the Islamic Republic, including Tehran.

Iran continues crackdown on unauthorized cryptocurrency mining

Iranian officials have unplugged and disbanded a total of 6,914 cryptocurrency farms operating without mining permits. This was revealed this week by Iran’s English-language daily Financial Tribune since authorities began cracking down on illegal cryptocurrency extraction in 2020.

The paper cited a report from Iribnews.ir detailing that the facility burned about 645 megawatts of electricity while minting digital currencies without permission. This is estimated to be equivalent to the annual consumption of three major regions: North Khorasan, South Khorasan and Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari.

Cryptocurrency mining has been a legal industry activity in Iran for nearly three years now, after the government approved regulations for the sector in July 2019. A licensing system has been introduced and companies wishing to engage in business must obtain approval from the Ministry of Education. of industry.

However, many Iranian miners have opted not to be monitored because registered cryptocurrency miners must purchase the necessary electrical energy at higher export rates. They typically connect to the grid illegally and use subsidized electricity to power mining hardware.

An Iranian power, distribution and transmission company (Tavanir) has tracked down and closed down an underground crypto farm and confiscated hundreds of thousands of miners. If caught, the operator could be fined for damage to its distribution network, and the government reported last month that it was preparing to raise the fine.

The country’s electricity shortage last summer was partly responsible for the increased electricity usage for coinage, and even licensed miners were asked to shut down their equipment. They were able to resume operations in September, but were ordered to shut down again as power shortages increased during the cold winter months.

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Lubomir Tasev

Lubomir Tassev is a tech-savvy Eastern European journalist who likes Hitchens’ quotes. In addition to cryptocurrencies, blockchain, and fintech, he said, international politics and economics are two other sources of inspiration.

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