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Mr Ciarka added that the alleged crime had been discovered “quite quickly” but did not give a precise timeline. “Unfortunately this happened at a police site,” Mr Ciarka said, emphasising that at no stage did the suspect have access to police databases.
TVN24 said the employee had been fired and prosecutors were investigating. Police spokesman Mariusz Ciarka told Polish news channel TVN24 that a civilian employee — not a police officer — “attempted to steal electricity to mine bitcoin”.
While energy-hungry, the process can be lucrative with each bitcoin currently worth more than 32,600 euros ($52,000). Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume.WatchDuration: 4 minutes 49 seconds4m 49s The high environmental cost of mining cryptocurrency, video streaming and sending emails The process typically involves large numbers of sophisticated computers that form a specially designed “rig” that runs the complex calculations required to maintain a cryptocurrency network.
Crypto-mining — the process by which computers mint new virtual currency and validate transactions — requires vast amounts of energy and processing power. The report said a second person would also be fired over the investigation.
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