The compromised crypto miner may have already mined on 3,800 PS4 consoles
This Ukrainian Security Service (SSU) reported on Thursday that Ukrainian law enforcement agencies have closed a secret cryptocurrency mine in Vinnytsia. The perpetrators set up camp in an old warehouse and secretly used the city’s power grid to mine cryptocurrency. The most interesting thing is that the miners discovered a surprising number of Playstation 4. The same is true for almost everything else.
According to reports, Ukrainian authorities have seized as many as 5,000 pieces of hardware, including more than 500 graphics cards, 50 processors and 3,800 pieces of hardware. PlayStation 4 (PS4) game console, All of these are in short supply in the United States and other regions, and other tidbits.
It is not surprising to find the processor and graphics card, as they need to power mining equipment. However, the PS4 console seems inappropriate.
Mine with PS4?
These photos show a list of countless racks with PS4 that are apparently connected to the Internet. Although we have seen pictures of the so-called PS4 mining settings before, there has never been any concrete evidence that you can actually mine cryptocurrency on a game console.Although, after seeing a DIY project to mine Bitcoin using Game Boy, The world is possible.The fact that Ukrainian miners own so many PS4s does show that they may Found a way to mine with them.
Have a basic level of computing performance and Ethereum miningHowever, the threshold is so low that most graphics cards ultimately have higher computing performance, so the role of memory bandwidth is more prominent.
PS4 is equipped with 8GB of GDDR5 memory, the main frequency is 5.5 Gbps. With a 256-bit memory interface, PS4 provides up to 176 GBps of memory bandwidth. On the other hand, the memory of the Pro variant runs at 6.8 Gbps, which can reach a maximum of 217.6 GBps.In contrast, Radeon RX 580, this is one of them The best mining GPU, With a memory throughput of 256 GBps. Assuming that in Ethereum mining, PS4 Pro may be close to Radeon RX 580.
Even if you can use game consoles for mining, using graphics cards or ASICs will still be more efficient. Again, Ukrainian miners installed fake meters and stole electricity, so efficiency may not be on their agenda.