The investigation found that the 3,800 PlayStation 4s that they originally thought would be used for Bitcoin mining were actually programmed to automatically play FIFA and earn Ultimate Team cards.
July 21, 2021 3 min reading time
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Just a week ago, Ukraine’s security agency reported that it had discovered what looked like a bitcoin mining farm. However, the investigation revealed that the 3,800 PlayStation 4 (PS4) consoles found on the website were in fact programmed to automatically play the FIFA video game. The goal was to earn FIFA Ultimate Team coins and cards and then sell them to passionate players.
The news went viral and made a big impact as the devices worked even on stolen electricity, avoiding estimated payments of between $ 186,000 and $ 260,000 per month.
The news that Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies could be mined with one PS4 (or several in this case) attracted the most attention. One of those who questioned this information was the local Delo press, where they noted that in the photos of the report, discs were coming out of some devices.
On the left, you can see discs that came from some of the 3,800 PlayStation 4 consoles that were mistaken for a Bitcoin mine. Image about the Security Service of Ukraine.
Most of the devices belonged to the economy version of the PlayStation 4, called Slim and with a performance of only 1.84 teraflops, although they do not rule out that there were also others from the Pro version with 4.2 teraflops.
According to experts, none of these devices would have the capacity to mine Bitcoin, and if they did, it would not be a significant amount, even if nearly 4,000 devices are used simultaneously.
The same medium indicates that the requested PS4s would have been programmed to automatically play the FIFA video game over and over again.
The goal would be to earn coins in the game, which could then be exchanged for real money or Ultimate Team cards. These cards are very popular with FIFA fans and if you get a rare one you can resell them for a good profit margin.
Another very profitable option in the player market is to collect enough coins and / or cards to be able to sell the entire player account.