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Illegal Bitcoin Mining via Stealing of Electricity Supply

Some RM500,000 worth of equipment were found being misused for Bitcoin mining operations during investigative raids on four premises in Tapah.

According to the police chief of Perak, Datuk Mior Faridalathrash Wahid, the Bitcoin mining was carried out via usage of equipment that enable stealing of electricity supply without metered reading from Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), which has resulted in a huge loss for the company.

“The raids were jointly performed by the Crime Investigation Department of the Tapah District Police Headquarters and a team of special technicians from the Batang Padang District TNB. 

“Equipment seized during the raids comprise 221 Bitcoin machines with power supply alongside 221 black connecting wires; 12 TP-Link server machines, 12 Wi-Fi modems, four main switches, two monitors, a central processing unit (CPU) and a set of keyboard and mouse.”

He told reporters so during a media session at the Perak Contingent Police Headquarters today (February 26).

“While the police are in efforts to track down premise owners and suspects involved, the case is being investigated under Section 379/427 of the Penal Code. 

“We welcome cooperation from the public to provide information pertaining to individuals or premises suspected to be involved in criminal offences like this.

“Also, we advise building owners to be aware of tenants’ doings to ensure that they’re not related or involved in any illegal activities,” Mior urged.

 

Chris Teh

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Born and bred in Ipoh, Chris Teh is proficient in Chinese, English and Malay, with the Japanese language in the making. Joining Ipoh Echo has helped utilise his writing and translation skills. In his spare time, he catches Pokemon in Pokemon GO, discovering up and coming places on the side.

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