After public complaints, the Malaysian police closed a Bitcoin mining business and seized 1,720 Bitcoin mining machines during a major power theft crackdown. “The police inspected 75 locations around the area, 30 of which were found to be engaged in illegal Bitcoin mining activities and electricity theft.”
Malaysian authorities shut down Bitcoin mining operations
According to local media reports, the Malaysian police cracked down on a major power theft involving Bitcoin mining. Perak State Police Commissioner Datuk Miofalida Rashwahid said at a press conference held at the Manjung District Police Headquarters on Thursday that the crackdown was carried out after complaints from the public.
The Chief of Police pointed out that the operation involved the National Energy Corporation (TNB) and Sitiawan Fire and Rescue Station. He explained:
This operation is TNB’s biggest success this year.
He pointed out that according to TNB, the value of the stolen electricity was approximately 2 million ringgits (US$478,870).
The chief of police explained: “The police inspected 75 places around the area and found that 30 of them were engaged in illegal Bitcoin mining activities and electricity theft,” adding:
We seized 1,720 Bitcoin mining machines.
In addition, the police also seized “15 monitors, 22 central processing units (CPU), 16 keyboards, 7 mice, 56 modems and a laptop”. He added: “A Toyota Hilux, 44 exhaust fans, 5 alarms and 7 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras were also seized.”
Mior Faridalathrash explained that further investigations are ongoing to determine the mastermind behind the illegal Bitcoin mining activity and how long it lasted.
The police also arrested a 28-year-old Ayer Tawar property manager on suspicion of engaging in illegal bitcoin mining activities and stealing electricity. The chief of police pointed out:
The arrested man has been remanded for four days and is currently under investigation under Articles 379 and 427 of the Criminal Code and the Electricity Supply Act of 1990.
In July, the Malaysian authorities Completely destroyed 1,069 Bitcoin mining machines with road rollers. These coins were confiscated earlier this year.
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