Unlike what was pointed out by many on social networks, the Bitcoin mining machine destruction operation did not take place in China, but Malaysia
One thousand and sixty-nine Bitcoin mining machines were dumped earlier this Friday at a Malaysian police station, according to a The Star report.
A video – which shows ASICs being brutally crushed with a steamroller – circulated on social media today, but many falsely attributed it to the Chinese government amid China’s crackdown on the crypto industry.
The machines were seized in an operation that took place from February to April.
Eight people involved in the electricity theft were arrested.
Police claim that miners stole a whopping RM 8.4 million ($1.9 million) worth of electricity from the energy development company Sarawak Energy Berhad.
Not only did the now destroyed mining machines incur significant economic damage, but they also caused frequent blackouts and led to the demolition of three buildings.
Last week, as reported by U.Today, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) also arrested an illegal Bitcoin mining farm that contained 3,800 PlayStation 4 game consoles. They were being used to mine cryptocurrencies along with a number of GPUs and CPUs. stealing $256,500 a week from a power distributor in Vinnytsia, causing disruptions in some parts of the city.
These cases are very common, but illegal mining can occur even in some top secret locations. In early 2018, a Russian nuclear scientist was arrested for mining cryptocurrencies at a warhead facility.