First you can see several small computers, neatly placed next to each other in a parking lot.

Then heavy equipment drives over them.

A road roller keeps moving back and forth, meticulously destroying the processors.

Cast iron rolls over iron.

The Malaysian authorities sent this video of the use of an unusual scrapping operation to the press, and it is now spreading on social networks.

The aim of the judiciary: to take action against Bitcoin miners who are said to have stolen electricity on a massive scale.


As reported by the American broadcaster CNBC, among others, the police confiscated the computers at several illegal Bitcoin farms on the island of Borneo, a total of 1069 pieces.

According to the deputy chief of police Hakemal Hawari, the Bitcoin miners stole electricity worth around two million dollars for it;

tapped from the lines of the Sarawak Energy company.

There were raids against the Bitcoin manufacturers in six plants between February and April.

What is unusual is that the authorities decided to scrap the equipment.

China usually auctions confiscated computers.

So-called crypto mining, i.e. the production of virtual currency, is an immensely energy-intensive process.

Generating bitcoins requires very powerful computers with a suitable graphics card.

The operation consumes a large amount of electricity.

Sometimes this can overload local networks.

While mining cryptocurrencies is not illegal in Malaysia, there are strict laws on electricity consumption.

People who tamper with power lines face a heavy fine and up to five years in prison.

The Cambridge Center for Alternative Finance estimates that Malaysia accounts for 3.44% of all bitcoin miners in the world.

This makes the Southeast Asian country one of the ten largest Bitcoin manufacturers on earth.

For comparison: China's production accounted for around 46 percent in April 2021, and that of the United States for almost 17 percent.

Eight people were arrested in connection with the recent raids on Miri, according to Hawari.

Six people are charged with stealing energy supplies.

You are now facing a prison sentence of up to eight months and a fine.

Back in March, a Bitcoin miner in the city of Melaka stole $ 2.2 million of electricity from the energy company Tenaga Nasional Berhad.