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Bitcoin miners 'stole power'

By Shaun Nichols, 21 Sep 2016

Two men in Holland may face jail time after authorities claim they pilfered electricity to power their Bitcoin mining operation.

The men, brothers from the city of Rotterdam whose names were not released, are said by prosecutors to have hijacked connections from nearby buildings to supply power to a set of number-crunching rigs that shared space with a cannabis farm.

In total, prosecutors believe the bitcoin operation netted the pair over $200,000 in cryptocurrency. The men also face money laundering charges and prosecutors are asking for up to 15 months behind bars. ®

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