In the Malaysian city of Miri, an unusual event could be observed this week: the police destroyed 1,069 systems for the extraction of cryptocurrencies. They were confiscated in six raids with a local energy company that accused the miners of stealing electricity. Between February and April of this year, they are said to have stolen $ 2 million in electricity.
The police have arrested eight suspects. Six were charged. All of them were fined and imprisoned for up to eight months.
According to police, the theft of electricity has taken on such proportions that three houses have already burned down as a result of illegal connections to the electricity grid in violation of the norms this year.
It remains to add that the destroyed equipment is estimated at $ 1.26 million. Or it would be more correct to say, it was estimated.