After we reported that the Safety Service of Ukraine shut down ‘a cryptocurrency mining farm’ that was stealing energy immediately from an influence plant situated close by and seized tens of CPUs, tons of of graphics playing cards, and three,800 PlayStation 4 Slim recreation consoles, we knew that one thing was off since mining on PS4 Slim did not precisely seem to be a good suggestion. We had been proper as apparently the farm was truly used to get uncommon characters in FIFA 2021.
As photos from the SSU demonstrated, Sony’s PlayStation 4 Slim recreation consoles had recreation discs in them, one thing you don’t want if you wish to mine Ethereum or Bitcoin. Because it turned out, the sport in query was FIFA 21 and the farm was used to earn in-game foreign money and/or get uncommon characters. The farm operators might then promote these accounts for cash, in accordance with Delo.ua (by way of 3DNews).
Like many different sports activities video games today, FIFA 21 has an Final Workforce mode that theoretically permits avid gamers to construct a dream group of gamers utilizing playing cards from lootboxes. Lootboxes will be bought both utilizing in-game foreign money or for actual cash. The caveat is that the possibility to get a really highly effective character is lower than 1%, so it’s doable to spend a ton of cash and never get an honest participant. In the meantime, acquiring in-game foreign money takes loads of time because it requires a great deal of grinding (performing repetitive duties).
Grinding is seemingly what these PlayStation 4 Slim techniques managed by PCs and a neural community had been meant to do to earn in-game foreign money. Then, the perpetrators might both promote accounts filled with in-game foreign money to individuals who wished to strive their luck and get a uncommon participant by buying lootboxes, or try to achieve these uncommon characters themselves in a bid to promote it for some huge cash. Promoting in-game foreign money is hardly too profitable, however making an attempt to get a uncommon character is difficult. Contemplating that they’d free electrical energy, even taking part in a lottery might make monetary sense for them.
With 500 graphics playing cards at their palms and free energy, the identical farm might mine Ethereum too. In the meantime, the identical 500 graphics playing cards might management characters in different video games to coach them, get in-game foreign money, and/or lootboxes. In any case, it appears to be like like we have now seen a fairly diversified operation that might be used each for cryptocurrency mining in addition to cultivation of recreation characters — whichever was extra worthwhile.