Iranian authorities have increased fines for illegal mining of cryptocurrencies using subsidized electricity and introduced prison sentences for repeat offenders. Tehran Times writes about this with reference to a representative of the Ministry of Energy.
According to officials, the activity of the miners creates problems with the supply of electricity, contributes to the deterioration of the power grid and can lead to damage to the devices of ordinary users.
The new rules also suggest that violators may have their licenses for activities related to the extraction of digital currencies revoked. In addition, such entities will be obliged to compensate the damage they caused to the power grid.
Iran periodically imposes restrictions on cryptocurrency mining. In May 2021, President Hassan Rouhani announced a temporary ban on the mining of cryptocurrencies due to a shortage of electricity. Licensed enterprises were allowed to resume work in the autumn.
In December of the same year, the state energy holding Tavanir demanded that authorized miners suspend their work.
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