Busted - power thieves who ran Bitcoin mining op

GOMBAK: A Bitcoin mining operation that was stealing electricity to power its computers has been shuttered by police.

"At around 1.20am on Tuesday (March 9), a police team on surveillance duty spotted two suspects acting suspiciously in front of premises on Jalan Rawang Putra 1.

"They appeared to be in a hurry and were detained by police when they left the premises," Gombak OCPD Asst Comm Arifai Tarawe said in a statement on Tuesday.

"Inspection (of the premises) led to the discovery of several Bitcoin mining machines that were being powered with cables that were illegally siphoning electricity," he said.

ACP Arifai added that the group had been operating for around three months and earned a profit of RM500 to RM1,000 a month.

"Losses incurred by Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) are still being determined," he said.

The suspects, aged 22 and 35, have been remanded. One was found to have a criminal record.

A total of 46 Bitcoin mining machines were seized.

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