Crypto mining equipment worth approximately RM1.6 million were confiscated by the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) recently in a joint operation with Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB).
16 premises in the Manjung, Perak area, believed to be illegal crypto mining operations that used stolen electricity were raided in an operation that took more than 12 hours.
Ops Letrik began at 3.30 pm on 3 Jan and concluded at 4 am on 4 Jan.
It involved 155 police officers and personnel with the help of nine TNB special technicians, and six members of the Setiawan Fire and Rescue team, reported Berita Harian.
Perak police chief Datuk Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said that 816 crypto mining machines, 15 monitors, 17 CPUs, and 16 routers with a total estimated value of RM1.6 million were confiscated.
The case is being investigated under Section 427 of the Penal Code and Section 37 (3) of the Electricity Supply Act 1990Datuk Mior Faridalathrash Wahid.
TNB and PDRM have been actively raiding illegal crypto mining operations all over Malaysia recently.
Back in June last year Kaspersky reported that crypto miners were using malware to turn unsuspecting devices into crypto miners.
Kaspersky says that it detected and blocked 831,864 crypto-mining attempts in Malaysia in 2020. It was the fourth-highest in Southeast Asia.