Washington Utility Boosts Security After Bitcoin Mining Moratorium The Chelan County Public Utility District is taking proactive measures to protect staff after confrontations with frustrated cryptocurrency miners in the area. Bitcoin belligerence is on the rise, according to Chelan Bitcoin mining fire risk PUD staff reports, prompting a boost in employee safety and security measures that include bulletproof panels and security cameras at PUD headquarters.
The reported bad behavior stems from two cryptocurrency-related groups — unauthorized miners whose power has been disconnected and high-density load service applicants denied because of the current moratorium. In some cases people can get agitated and argumentative. Our goal always is to provide excellent customer service, as well as to keep customers, the public and employees safe, especially when emotions may be running high. None of the incidents have escalated to the point of calling law enforcement, she said.