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Why might you want to steamroll 1,000 cryptomining rigs?

Answer: Because they were illegal, and it honestly looks kind of fun.

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Malaysian authorities have had it with illegal cryptomining, and they’re making it known. Cryptomining requires a significant amount of electricity, and there are many miners that have taken to illegally stealing that power to fuel sizeable operations.

Aside from the illegality of it all, this creates an additional problem for authorities in that they end up with a lot of seized cryptomining rigs lying around. Police in Malaysia decided to destroy them in a way that actually looks kind of fun — they steamrolled them. In a video released on YouTube, 1,069 cryptomining rigs were laid out in a police parking lot and driven over by an actual steamroller.

The video only lasts for 47 seconds, so you won’t get to see every single rig destroyed. According to TechRadar, all these rigs were seized near an airport in the Sarawak region. Malaysian police and Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB), whose power lines were the ones being illegally tapped, conducted six raids together. The devices had diverted about $2 million worth of electricity.

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