Bitcoin heist: 600 powerful computers stolen in Iceland

Bitcoin heist: 600 powerful computers stolen in Iceland:

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Some 600 computers used to “mine” bitcoin and other virtual currencies have been stolen from data centers in Iceland in what police say is the biggest series of thefts ever in the North Atlantic island nation.

Some 11 people were arrested, including a security guard, in what Icelandic media have dubbed the “Big Bitcoin Heist.” A judge at the Reykjanes District Court on Friday ordered two people to remain in custody.

The powerful computers, which have not yet been found, are worth almost $2 million. But if the stolen equipment is used for its original purpose — to create new bitcoins — the thieves could turn a massive profit in an untraceable currency without ever selling the items.

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Iceland might become the first European country to ban male circumcision. A bill in the Icelandic parliament says it violates the rights of young boys

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Öræfajökull caldera deepens 20 m (65 feet), geothermal heat in the area, Iceland

Öræfajökull caldera deepens 20 m (65 feet), geothermal heat in the area, Iceland:

On November 17, 2017, a pilot flying over Öræfajökull volcano in Iceland noticed a new ice-caldron within the volcano’s caldera. Now, volcanologists say the situation is far from normal.

Volcanologist Ármann Höskuldsson says that the situation at Öræfajökull volcano is far from normal.

The caldera has deepened by 20 meters (65 feet) and crevasses have become larger since it was first spotted, according to 3D image made by Geological Institute of the University of Iceland. In addition, a geothermal heat has been detected in the area.

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Yellow alert for Iceland volcano as new caldera forms

Yellow alert for Iceland volcano as new caldera forms:

Satellite images show a new caldera forming in the ice with a diameter of one kilometer (6/10ths of a mile) in Öræfajökull glacier.

Öræfajökull glacier is located in Vatnajökull, Iceland’s largest glacier.

Although seismic activity has subsided in recent days, activity had increased activity in recent months.

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Katla volcano earthquake activity continues

Katla volcano earthquake activity continues:

“It is unclear at the moment if this is going to result in a eruption but at the moment it is my view that chances of an eruption happening soon (maybe in matter of hours) is high.”
– Volcanologist Jón Frímann

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Iceland’s volcanoes Hekla, Grímsvötn, Bárðarbunga and Katla are all preparing for eruption

Four of Iceland’s main volcanoes all preparing for eruption:

According to geophysicist Páll Einarsson, four of Iceland’s volcanoes are showing increased amounts of activity in preparation for another eruption.

Katla is the most active that it’s ever been in four decades. “Katla has been unrestful since this autumn.”

The other volcanoes showing increased activity are Hekla, Grímsvötn and Bárðarbunga

H/t reader kevin a.

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