A desperate bitcoin miner was electrocuted while trying to turn on his computer to collect more cryptocurrency.
Danai Makmek, 26, was restless after his sprawling cryptocurrency mining machine shut down and the hard drive did not turn back on in Thailand on Tuesday.
The panicked crypto fanatic spoke to his older brother about the broken equipment and asked for help fixing it, fearing he was wasting precious time in mining.
His brother Apiwat Makmek said he would go with him the next day to a computer repair technician and boot up the system, which was capable of earning thousands of dollars in bitcoins every week.
However, Apiwat said his brother was worried and couldn’t risk the machine breaking for a day, so he tried to fix it himself.
Tragically, the tech enthusiast was reportedly killed after the bitcoin mining computer blew up and shocked him.
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Images of the dead man’s room show the tangle of cables and readers he used for his digital currency production.
His devastated brother said: “I warned him but he couldn’t wait. I think he panicked and stayed awake all night trying to fix it.
“The computer has been modified to give it more power. I don’t think it’s safe, but my brother had built it himself for bitcoin mining which he really liked.
Apiwat found his brother dead when he and a hired technician walked into Danai’s bedroom on Wednesday morning, where they found the shirtless man lying sprawled over his bitcoin system wearing only blue shorts.
He immediately called emergency services who attempted to revive the bitcoin miner but were unsuccessful. Police also arrived at the scene to investigate.
Police Col. Santi Shoosheud said there was no sign of forced entry into the man’s room and that he had no suspicious injuries, so they believe Danai was electrocuted.
“We believe he attempted to repair the broken machine himself and was electrocuted. We are still investigating the case but there have been no break-ins or suspicious injuries found so far, ”he said.
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Bitcoin is a digital currency invented in 2009 that suddenly gained popularity in 2017.
However, there are concerns that the amount of energy used to mine bitcoin could harm the environment.
To earn bitcoin, computers have to solve complex mathematical sums that require a large amount of energy.
The larger your configuration, the more likely you are to find a bitcoin, but also to increase your energy consumption.
Most mining is done in China thanks to cheap electricity costs.
In Russia two years ago, a man set his tower on fire when he illegally connected to the power grid to run his crypto mining system. Fortunately, none died as a result.
In the UK, West Midlands agents raided a place they believe is a cannabis farm, but instead found a maze of bitcoin readers.
In this case, suspicions were raised about the enormous volume of energy used in the premises, which led cops to initially believe it was used for drug production.
Police heard scores of people visiting the unit throughout the day, with numerous cables and ventilation ducts visible as residents say three men were behind the operation.
When the police broke into the premises, they discovered 100 powerful computers connected to a complex system.
West Midlands Police said computers were illegally using thousands of pounds of electricity to mine bitcoin on a large scale.
This story originally appeared on The Sun and is reproduced here with permission