A Bitcoin Mining Culprit escaped from Iceland to Sweden from the Prison
A man who was prisoned for masterminding the theft of about 600 computers used to mine bitcoins escaped to Sweden after breaking out of a prison in Iceland.
- Icelandic police say a man associated with masterminding the robbery of about 600 computers used to mine bitcoins and different virtual currencies has probably fled to Sweden.
- A worldwide warrant has been revealed for the capture of Sindri Thor Stefansson.
Police in Iceland said they have confidence that Sindri Thor Stefansson escaped a low-security jail through a window and boarded a flight to Sweden during Iceland’s international airport in Keflavik.
Icelandic authorities said it might have been doubtful that Stefansson had to show a passport at the airport since he travelled inside Europe’s passport-free Schengen travel zone yet the plane ticket he utilized might have been under somebody else’s name.
Non-European Union member Iceland is also a member of Europe’s borderless travel range.
Stefansson was among 11 people arrested to allegedly taking the powerful computers in an arrangement of four burglaries in December and January in what may be recognized Iceland’s biggest-ever heist.
That stolen equipment, which at present is missing, has the esteemed of about $2 million. Icelandic media have the situation the “Big Bitcoin heist. ” Assuming that utilized for its unique reason — to make new bitcoins — those thieves might turn an enormous profit in an untraceable currency.
Police have caught 22 people altogether, including a security guard, without comprehending those burglaries.
The getaway prisoner might have held in the Sogn jail in rural southern Iceland, 95 kilometers (59 miles) from the airport. That jail is unfenced, and inmates bring phone and internet access.
Stefansson is in jail since February. He might move to the open prison ten days ago, police said.
“He had an accomplice,” Police Head Gunnar Schram advised Visir, an internet news outlet over Iceland lichen. “We are sure of that.”
A commuter on the same flight with Sweden as the prisoners told national broadcaster RUV that Iceland’s prime minister, Katrin Jakobsdottir, too was on that flight.
Jakobsdottir might have been among five Nordic prime ministers who met with India’s prime minister Tuesday to Stockholm.