A video that has gone viral on the web shows Malaysian police using an interesting method for destroying an illegal Bitcoin mining rig.
The viral video shows Malaysian police using a steamroller to run over approximately 1,069 mining rigs used to mine cryptocurrency.
Police confiscated the mining rigs after they discovered close to $2,000,000 USD worth of electricity being stolen from Sarawak Energy power lines.
Watch the moment the police crushed the mining rigs here:
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CNBC had more on the story:
Malaysian authorities seized 1,069 bitcoin mining rigs, laid them out in a parking lot at police headquarters, and used a steamroller to crush them, as part of a joint operation between law enforcement in the city of Miri and electric utility Sarawak Energy.
Assistant Commissioner of Police Hakemal Hawari told CNBC the crackdown came after miners allegedly stole $2 million worth of electricity siphoned from Sarawak Energy power lines.
A video of the event posted last week by local Sarawak news outlet Dayak Daily has since gone viral on social media.
Acting on a tip, authorities on the island of Borneo confiscated the rigs in six separate raids between February and April. In total, police destroyed about $1.26 million of mining equipment.
Police opted to crush the mining gear rather than sell it, in accordance with a court order. Other countries, like China, have taken a different route, reportedly auctioning off seized rigs.
Malaysian Authorities Steamroll More Than 1,000 Crypto Mining PCs Worth $1.26 Million USD https://t.co/ghbUTXFa9K
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Coin Telegraph covered the story too:
Authorities in Malaysia destroyed more than $1.2 million worth of Bitcoin mining rigs after they were confiscated for operating illegally.
In a video posted today from local news outlet DayakDaily, police in the city of Miri on the island of Borneo and the Sarawak Energy company arranged for a steamroller to run over 1,069 Bitcoin (BTC) miners. The rigs were reportedly confiscated from residents of Malaysia attempting to illegally mine the cryptocurrency using stolen electricity between February and April.
According to a Friday report from Malaysian newspaper The Star, the disposal of the mining machines — worth roughly $1.26 million — occurred at the Miri district police headquarters today. Authorities said three houses in the area had been destroyed this year due to illegal Bitcoin mining, while the Sarawak Energy company lost an estimated $2 million from the operations.
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