Despite the total ban on cryptocurrencies in China, which makes it illegal for anyone to mine bitcoin within the country, several bitcoin miners still have their shops open under the radar.
Recall that following the enforcement of a recent law against any crypto-related activity in the country, including mining, the country recorded a mass exodus of Bitcoin miners and crypto firms, who had to leave to other countries.
The miners emigrated to countries with a relatively more crypto-friendly legal status, especially in North America and Central Asia.
Some China miners are still operating
A recent CNBC report has now indicated that some of these miners still have their shops open. These sets of people operate under the radar, relying on multiple power sources to survive.
Specifically, these miners use a combination of grid electricity, hydro-power, and internet protocol address manipulation to keep their businesses up and running.
A good number of these miners had to stay behind because they had no choice. To be specific, miners lacking the resources had to stay behind due to the pandemic travel restrictions, supply chain issues, and a dearth of overseas contacts and money, among other reasons.
The miners that use hydro-power tap power off dams in various areas across the provinces of Sichuan and Yunnan. These dams are suitable for a number of reasons. Majorly due to their inconspicuous nature and the fact that they are less likely to attract government attention.
More significantly, this is especially feasible during the rainy season, which occurs from May to the latter part of fall. Miners construct their own infrastructure to make the power from the dams compatible with their mining equipment.
How miners evade the authorities
As it increasingly becomes easier for miners to evade the authorities in China, the question is, how?
The answer to this can be found in the fact that when a block is solved, the mining pool’s name is often attached to the block on the public ledger. However, this name does not have to be attached, and by not attaching it, Chinese miners avoid detection.
Data packets emanating from Chinese data centers are encrypted to appear as ordinary web traffic to anyone monitoring the exchange of data. Overseas mining pools also help Chinese data centers with technical issues.