Police searched a commercial shoplot unit in Muara Tabuan about 10 a.m. yesterday after it was discovered stealing energy for cryptocurrency mining.
ACP Ahsmon Bajah, the district police head, said in a statement today that during the operation, officers detained two male suspects ( from 24 to 44 years old) who served as groundskeepers.
“It is estimated that the premises had mined about RM184,000 worth of cryptocurrencies in the last eight months,” stated Ahsmon.
He also stated that authorities were looking for the property’s owner and that the property has been cryptocurrency mining since February of this year.
The authorities confiscated one computer, 90 bitcoin mining rigs, an internet modem, and other associated items during the search.
Section 379 of the Penal Code and Section 33(5) of the Sarawak Electrical Ordinance investigated the matter.
This week, the greatest energy theft case involving digital currency mining in Sarawak was discovered in Demak Laut by Sarawak Energy (SEB) and the Ministry of Utilities.
A total of 1,200 digital currency mining rigs worth RM1.74 million were confiscated during the operation from a facility converted into a mining outlet.
Sarawak Energy’s technical team discovered direct cable tapping and power theft during field checks.
Over the length of the digital currency’s activities, Sarawak Energy is believed to have lost more than RM300,000 each month in unlicensed power use.