Inner Mongolia is setting up a hotline to report illegal Bitcoin mining operations

Inner Mongolia, which recently banned bitcoin mining, has set up a hotline for reporting illegal operations.

In an announcement released yesterday, the Inner Mongolia Development and Reform Commission (DRC) announced that it had set up a hotline to report illegal Bitcoin mining operations in the region.

The announcement included a personal address, phone number, and email address that people can use to report the issue.

“The energy consumption of the autonomous region … The emergency call center has specially set up a reporting platform for mining companies in virtual currencies,” says a translation of the announcement.

According to this announcement, the complete shutdown and criminalization of unauthorized Bitcoin mining is part of a five-year plan for energy use. It searches for reports on mining companies, mining companies masquerading as data centers, mining companies offering “site leasing”, and companies that source electricity through “illicit means” and “operate mining operations in virtual currencies”.

Inner Mongolia is one of the largest regions in China with a land mass of over 1 million square kilometers. The region imposed a Bitcoin mining ban in March on alleged pollution concerns and gave miners an opportunity to cease operations until that month. By then, it had contributed an estimated 8% of the total global hash rate.

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