friends of my extended family live in the area where this all happened; not only did the techbros nick the electricity they were causing power disturbances (which risk upsetting *3* countries as that bit of Malaysia (its a country in two halves) is an island shared with two other nations)
more about it here; according to the electricity company, the dodgy wiring had already caused 3 building fires...
Malaysian feds didn't suddenly jump on the miners - evidence was gathered over a period of months and the mining rigs were only crushed after a Court case. Its not illegal to mine crypto in MY, but stealing electricity and tampering with distribution network cables definitely is!
they will recycle the metal and other stuff; the e-waste recycling centre is literally just a few km away from the Police HQ (all the people in Sarawak are concentrated in one bit, the rest is still mostly jungle and rainforest (so even more reason *not* to trash it!)
I don't know how they even thought they wouldn't get caught; Malaysia is *hot* so the main large demand for electricity is airco and even that is only 1 * 16A socket in most buildings - each /single/ rig is like running an airco full tilt 24/7 but TNB (national electricity company) know how many houses there are in each area and what sort of power demand would be normal..
@FirstProgenitor Yes, the curse of greed. The devices must be properly destroyed to break the curse. If you just send them away to be disassembled, they'll somehow end up wasting electricity 24/7 again.
@hypolite These're Bitcoin mining rigs with ASIC chips whose one and only use is Bitcoin mining - the hardware in these are basically useless outside of mining, so crushing & recycling is a better choice than trying to reuse them.
@FirstProgenitor I was a bit worried like "man that's a lot of gpus crushed during a gpu stock shortage" but then I looked into it and it's not that at all.
@FirstProgenitor I'm going to print and place this photo on my nightstand. I will kiss it good night every night before going to sleep.
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