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Venezuela Seizes 315 Bitcoin Mining Rigs: Miners Discuss Illegal Confiscation, Police Extortion



Kevin Helms

The Venezuelan military has seized 315 Bitmain Antminer S9 bitcoin mining rigs it claims are not properly registered to operate in the country. Although cryptocurrency mining is legal in Venezuela, miners say they have been unfairly treated, citing illegal seizures of mining equipment and police extortion.

Venezuela Seizes Bitcoin Mining Equipment

The Bolivarian National Guard of Venezuela (GNB) announced via Twitter Monday that it has seized 315 Antminer S9 bitcoin mining rigs in the southern region of the country. The GNB is one of the largest divisions of the National Bolivarian Armed Forces.

The tweet explains that the GNB decided ...

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