Bitcoin Mining Roundup: BTC Regains 100 Exahash, Miners Close Shop, Pre-Halving Shake-Up

In 44 days, BTC miners will face the third reward halving as the block subsidy will soon shrink from 12.5 to 6.25 coins per block. Following the market carnage in mid-March, BTC’s hashrate plummeted 44% to a 2020 low of 75 exahash per second (EH/s). Since then the hashrate has climbed back above 100EH/s, but profitability between SHA256 networks like BCH and BSV has been a lot more erratic than usual. Also read: Bitcoin Hashrate Down 45% – Miners Witness Second-Largest Difficulty Drop in History BTC Recaptures 100 Exahash –…

US Holding Firm Halted Mining Business After Bitcoin Crashed Below $4K

Although the cryptocurrency markets have slightly recovered following massive sell-offs in mid-March, Bitcoin’s (BTC) faltering price has led to notable miner instability and closures. Soon after Bitcoin dropped below the $4,000 threshold on March 13, DPW Holdings, a Nasdaq-listed holding company, announced that it is temporarily shutting down its cryptocurrency mining business, Digital Farms. DPW notifies the SEC about multiple changes to its business in relation to the coronavirus According to a March 18 business update filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commision (SEC), the Digital Farms’ suspension…

Russian Police Take Down an Illegal Bitcoin Mining Farm

Russian police have caught bitcoin miners who were stealing $200,000 worth of electricity each month in their efforts to mine cryptocurrency. According to a statement released by the Russian Interior Ministry, a Saint Petersburg suspect has been arrested, along with nine alleged accomplices. The criminals managed to install sophisticated infrastructure that connects mining equipment to the country’s electricity supply at eight different locations, the Interior Ministry stated. Seized elements during the raids In total, the Russian National Guard seized 1,500 pieces of mining equipment, 2 million rubles, smartphones that contained…

Microsoft Files Patent For Crypto Mining System Using Body Activity Data

Tech giant, Microsoft, is looking to develop a cryptocurrency system which enables individuals to mine cryptocurrency using their body activity data, eliminating the need for specialized mining machines. Microsoft published a patent dubbed “Cryptocurrency system using body activity data” on March 26. Their paperwork details a method of crypto mining which exploits data associated with a user’s body activity to exercise a new form of proof-of-work. The document further details: “For example, a brain wave or body heat emitted from the user when the user performs the task provided by…

Crypto Mining Crunch Time – Bitcoin Halving Less Than 50 Days Away While Global Economy Shudders

On or around May 13, the BTC network will see a block reward reduction as miners will go from getting 12.5 coins per block to 6.25 coins following the halving. The last time the protocol’s block reward halved was on July 9, 2016, and the global economy looked a whole lot different back then. This time around, while BTC miners see reward reductions the world’s financial system has been crumbling and the digital asset’s value is much lower than it was four weeks ago. Also read: Countdown to Block Reward…

Is Staking the Answer to Cryptocurrency’s Mining Problems?

For a tech that was supposed to be democratic and distributed in order to free financial systems from the grip of government-influenced banks and return control of the money supply to the people, cryptocurrencies have turned out to be pretty concentrated.  Some 66% of all Bitcoin (BTC) mining now takes place in China, with 54% located in the southwest province of Sichuan, as a recent study revealed. Three Chinese mining pools alone are responsible for nearly half of Bitcoin’s hashrate. The days when a single Bitcoin enthusiast could crunch numbers…

Baidu Employee Jailed for Mining Monero Worth $14K on Company Servers

An engineer at Baidu, China’s equivalent to Google, has been jailed for mining Monero on around 200 of the company’s servers. According to a March 16 report by local media outlet, Abacus News, the employee eventually sold the Monero for around 100,000 yuan ($14,300). Large-scale crypto-jacking Senior engineer, An Bang, was employed by Baidu to maintain its search engine. However, between April and July 2018, he downloaded and installed scripts to mine the cryptocurrency, Monero onto around 200 of the company’s servers. Baidu contacted the police when it noticed unexpected…

Bitcoin Cash IFP Debate: ABC Kicks Off Fundraiser, 3 Mining Pools Signal BCHN Support

During the first week of March, there were prominent discussions concerning the recently announced infrastructure funding proposal (IFP). However, a number of crypto participants are focused on the market carnage and the possibility of a global recession. After the new full node project published plans for the upcoming upgrade, Btc.top founder Jiang Zhuoer revealed his hashrate would vote against the proposal. Two days later, the full node project Bitcoin ABC announced intentions to raise funds in order to sustain operations for one year. Currently, the Bitcoin Cash Node project has…

Court Backs County for Electricity Price Hike Targeting Crypto Mining

A Washington court has ruled against one individual and five companies that sued the Grant County Public Utility District No.2 for suddenly creating a new electricity pricing schedule for power consumed by “emerging industries” in December 2018. On March 12, Judge Rosanna Peterson of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington found that the plaintiffs were unable to demonstrate that the country violated federal electricity laws. Cryptocurrency mining nearly tripled the annual electricity demand in Grant County The miners first began operating in the county during 2017…

OKEx Pool Among Top 5 Mining Pools, Charts Future Path for the Industry

OKEx Pool, a global integrated mining pool from OKEx, is offering a one-stop mining and trading service for its users from across the world. The mining pool, not confined to any one specific cryptocurrency, is known for the variety of mining services it offers for Proof-of-Work (PoW), Proof-of-Stake (PoS) and PoS-variant cryptocurrencies. Cryptocurrency mining has been a very lucrative activity where people managed to earn a small fortune with their own mining set up. But eventually, as dedicated mining hardware became more powerful and difficulty levels increased, mining crypto by…