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According to the Malay newspaper The star (via The Block), eight people in Miri, Malaysia, were charged with allegedly stealing electricity to power a massive bitcoin mining operation with 1,069 computers. Malaysia has recently begun cracking down on nationwide theft of electricity used for illegal bitcoin mining operations.
The equipment was confiscated during six raids on properties near an airport in the Sarawak region. The raids were carried out in a joint operation between the Malaysian authorities and Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB). These suspects allegedly found a way to siphon electricity from SEB power lines to power bitcoin mining machines, stealing electricity worth about $ 2 million in three months.
Computers have been approved for removal today, as explained in the video above. Why was a steam roller chosen? We will never know. Placing a group of criminal computers with a steamroller seems like a pretty fun way to administer justice. Explode them with one dynamite stick is a close second. While wondering why not just auction or find a way to reuse PCs?
Illegal bitcoin mining is nothing new in Malaysia. In March, a man was accused of stealing Electricity worth $ 2.2 million of the energy company Tenaga Nasional Berhad. He is still on the run and wanted by police. Large-scale cryptocurrency mining requires a a lot of strength, which is an expensive investment, so the theft of electricity is increasing worldwide. The next legal bitcoin mining operation in the United States will depend on a nuclear power plant.
"The theft of electricity for bitcoin mining has led to frequent power outages and in 2021, three houses were razed (due to electric fires) due to illegal connections electricity supply, "Miri police chief Hakemal Hawari told Miri The star.
Miri police are currently working on ways to increase the detection of illegal cable connections for bitcoin mining activities.
"A total of six people have been successfully charged under Article 379 of the Penal Code for theft of electricity and have been fined up to RM 8,000 and imprisoned for up to eight months."