Authorities in Utah located in the mountains are suspicious of crypto-linked antennas and Looking for proprietors
Authorities in Utah are attempting to determine the origin of antennae that have appeared in the Salt Lake City foothills. Notably, there is little information on the individual or group responsible for antenna ownership and installation.
KSLTV 5 reported on January 4 that according to the manager of Salt Lake’s recreational trails, Tyler Fonarow, the antennas initially emerged over a year ago, but installations have escalated in recent months.
In this line, municipal authorities have crossed cold paths to remove antennas consisting of a lockable battery box, a router, and a solar panel.
Since then, several antennae have been taken, and more are scheduled to be confiscated in the coming weeks, despite the fact that officials have identified the topography as a potential obstacle impeding the removal procedure. Some of the antennas were located on Forest Service and University of Utah land.
Initial investigations show that the antennas may be transmitting data to a larger region, and officials are requesting that the owners come forward.
“At first there were just one or two towers, but today there may be as many as a dozen bolted into various peaks, summits, and ridges across the foothills. We just no longer abandon anything on public grounds. You must get permission,” Fonorow said.
On the basis of the antennas’ construction, it is hypothesized that they are part of a decentralized blockchain network.
Specifically, it is thought that the antennas may link to the Helium network through a hotspot. Notably, Helium is a wireless blockchain-based technology with an incentive business model that allows users to set up hotspots that function as Helium miners while providing internet access.
Customers just have to buy the hotspot, instal it, and mint the network’s native currency, HNT, to make money. In addition, a portion of social media claimed that the antennas belonged to off-grid Helium miners based on the mystery surrounding them.
Michael Locklear, a reporter for KSLTV 5, tweeted a close-up view of the recovered antenna on January 6.
Interestingly, several individuals who commented on the page claimed that the shared devices are intended for HNT mining. There is yet no formal confirmation that the antennas are part of the Helium network.