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Australian police mistakenly search crypto miner's home suspecting marijuana grow operation

By Polycount ยท 10 replies
Feb 13, 2019
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  1. The cryptocurrency mining boom has died down quite a bit, but a few smaller mining operations are still working away throughout the world.

    One such small-scale operation is run by Rob Butvila, a resident of Adelaide, Australia - and it's clear he has done his research.

    The setup is seemingly optimized to maximize airflow and keep his mining machines cool (courtesy of an in-depth ventilation system) while they work. Unfortunately for Butvila, it seems his system may have been a bit too good in the end.

    In a video uploaded Sunday, Butvila revealed that Adelaide officers working out of the South Australia Police Department had forcefully broken into his home (damaging his property in the process) using a "General" search warrant.

    Expecting to find a marijuana grow operation, police instead found Butvila's cryptocurrency mining rigs.

    Expecting to find a marijuana grow operation, police instead found Butvila's cryptocurrency mining rigs.

    For the unaware, crypto mining setups tend to generate a fair amount of heat and noise, while also gobbling up electricity at a rapid rate. Due to this, they can at times resemble a marijuana grow.

    To make matters worse for Butvila, the police department responsible for the break-in was "unhelpful" and hung up on him when he called to request compensation for the damage done to his property.

    Butvila also says the officers who searched his property left his gates and doors unlocked, which allegedly allowed a criminal to enter his home and swipe a hard drive (also disabling his security camera).

    We'll be keeping our eye on the situation moving forward, and we will update this article if it develops any further.

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  2. noel24

    noel24 TS Evangelist Posts: 501   +428

    Fun fact: cryptomining is more harmful than pot, ask Jensen Huang.
     
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  3. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,707   +3,852

    I knew the Aussies always had strange names and slang for people, places, and things, but, "Butt-Villa" really takes the cake. :rolleyes:

    Would you really expect a "butvilla police force" to be considerate or helpful? I think not.

    In fact, I think I'd take a phone book into the interrogation room, in case the questioning detective asks you to sit on his lap...:eek:
     
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  4. Karlos95

    Karlos95 TS Enthusiast Posts: 23   +6


    "Butvila" is the blokes last name and is pronounced "Boot-veeler"

    The police station is called Elizabeth Police Station.
     
  5. amghwk

    amghwk TS Guru Posts: 491   +304

    I think the story of thief entering his home, stealing the hard drive and disabling the surveillance camera part went too far.

    Probably to get compensation when the police refused to entertain his damage recovery request.

    He can file a suit against the police for wrongful entry and the damage, though.
     
  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,707   +3,852

    Why did you feel obliged to take all the fun of it, mate?
     
  7. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing - click on the rock below.. Posts: 3,933   +1,163

    Hope the local authority can support cost of repair. They messed up.
     
  8. Capaill

    Capaill TS Evangelist Posts: 829   +439

    "... allowed a criminal to enter his home and swipe a hard drive (also disabling his security camera)."
    Maybe replace the word criminal with police officer. That sounds more likely. What criminal is going to enter a home and take only one hard drive. More likely it was the police hiding what they had done in his home.
     
  9. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,213   +4,884

    In this case if they don't finance repairs. They are no better than the criminals they work to take down. The words hypocritical police oath comes to mind.
     
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  10. Lifeispossible

    Lifeispossible TS Member Posts: 21

    He's lucky they left his equipment intact(aside from the hard drive). I would have been happy with that. Hopefully these sorts of things will happen less from now on.
     
  11. Reachable

    Reachable TS Evangelist Posts: 369   +183

    Terrible. Somebody's committing a crime against humanity and they raid his home because they think he's growing some nearly harmless plants.
     

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