The crypto craze seems to be slowly fading away. Recently, we reported to you that graphics cards are being sold by Chinese miners, which is a great sign, because many units will eventually get into the hands of the people for whom they were designed. This does not mean, however, that all cryptocurrency miners are redundant. Conversely, blockchain technologies are getting more and more powerful every year, and miners not only maintain them with classic rigs or GPU systems, but also with gaming laptops and even older devices with any computing power (like GameBoy or C64) as it turns out. The popular Sony PlayStation 4 consoles can also be used to mine cryptocurrency.
There would be nothing special about it, if not for the fact that cryptocurrency mining on PS4 has not been documented or confirmed in any way…
Cryptocurrency miners in China sell graphics cards at low prices. Did the restrictions have the expected effect?
The Ukrainian Security Service has just revealed a large illegal cryptocurrency farm in Vinnytsia (central part of Ukraine). This crypto farm was illegally connected to the power grid, and included 3,800 PlayStation 4 consoles, more than 500 graphics cards, 50 processors, and draft documentation of electricity bills, as well as laptops, phones, and flash drives. There would be nothing special about all this (similar stories have already happened all over the world), were it not for the fact that cryptocurrency mining on PS4 has not been documented or confirmed in any way. So it seems that they were able to secretly turn popular consoles into miners, which was actually a matter of time – after all, such equipment could not mine bitcoins anymore.
The details of this process have not been disclosed, so the exact purpose of the controllers of this object is still unknown. However, its use does not seem particularly effective against the background of modern GPUs – although the console has 8 GB of GDDR5 memory, which with a 256-bit bus reaches 176 Gb / s, should be twice as power efficient as the PS4 may have contributed to this. The entire project failed. On the other hand, we don’t know the origin of the equipment (maybe it was recycled), and the lack of electricity bills meant that the mine was providing income anyway.
Source: Tom’s Hardware