Cryptocurrency ‘Mines’ - 789/21

Date Responded 21 June 2021

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

I would like to know how many cryptocurrency ‘mines’, defined as the process to gain cryptocurrencies by solving cryptographic equations through the use of large amounts of computers, have been uncovered by your force for the years 2018; 2019; 2020; and present year.

For each year, How many cryptocurrency mines have been discovered during the force's ‘drug warrant’ raids in the listed years.

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Crime Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is not held by Northumbria Police.

No information held. Relevant searches have revealed that there have been no cryptocurrency ‘mines’ uncovered during any of the years specified by your request and as such none in any of the drug warrant’s executed.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.


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