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China Intensifies Hunt for Cryptocurrency Miners in Hiding

  • Governments are checking for illegal mining in labs, colleges
  • Power-shortage concerns among reasons behind inspections
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China’s campaign against the cryptocurrency industry is now targeting miners who tried to disguise themselves as data researchers and storage facilities to stay in business, according to people with knowledge of the situation.

Inspections intensified this month in several Chinese provinces, targeting illegal mining activities in colleges, research institutions and data centers, said the people who asked not to be named due to the sensitivity of the matter. Concern over the country’s power supplies for the upcoming winter season is one reason for the urgency, they said.