In Malaysia, over 1,000 bitcoin mining rigs were completely destroyed after being confiscated for unlawfully mining the digital currency with stolen power. The mining rigs, estimated to be worth $1.26 million, were crushed in Miri, Malaysia, and eight individuals have been detained thus far.
In Malaysia, over a thousand bitcoin mining rigs were destroyed.
Malaysian police used a steamroller to totally demolish 1,069 bitcoin mining devices collected between February and April, according to the local press.
The mining rigs were confiscated in Miri, Malaysia, during a cooperation between police and Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB). Miri is a Malaysian city on Borneo’s northwest coast. They are valued at 5.3 million ringgits ($1.26 million) in Malaysia. On Friday, the Miri district police station destroyed all seizures that had been resolved in court.
Eight people were also detained for unlawful mining operations, according to Miri police head ACP Hakemal Hawari. In a release, he stated:
A total of six people have been successfully charged under Section 379 of the Penal Code for electricity theft and have been fined up to RM8,000 and jailed for up to eight months.
The mining rigs, according to the police, mined bitcoin using power stolen from SEB’s electrical supply cables.
SEB lost 8.4 million Malaysian ringgits owing to energy theft from bitcoin mining operations, as per the police head. He went on to say:
The electricity theft for mining bitcoin activities has caused frequent power outages and in 2021, three houses were razed due to illegal electricity supply connections.
Dayakdaily, a local news site, uploaded a video of confiscated bitcoin mining machines being destroyed on Friday.