Explained: 51 Percent Attacks on Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies

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One of the worst things to happen to a proof-of-work cryptocurrency is a 51 percent attack. Such attacks undermine the immutability—and consequently the trust—in a blockchain. Satoshi Nakamoto summarized proof-of-work as “one-CPU-one-vote.” Since then, the cryptocurrency mining industry has advanced beyond CPU mining, which could compute the Bitcoin algorithm thousands of times per second, to…

Ongoing Minting and Dumping: RusGas (RGS) Allegedly Scamming Token Holders

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On Nov. 28th, 2018, MonitorChain detected a potential scam: RusGas (RGS) is minting billions of tokens, diluting the value of investor’s tokens and driving the price down to nearly nothing. RusGas is a project using blockchain to “transform the gas industry.” According to ICO Bench, the company raised $2.2 million during its ICO. On Nov.…

Zcoin Implements ASIC Resistant Merkle Tree Proof (MTP) Crypto Mining

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Today, Zcoin implemented a new mining algorithm that hampers FPGA, ASIC, and botnet mining. Merkle Tree proof of work (MTP) has the potential to move cryptocurrency mining away from huge farms and back into the hands of crypto enthusiasts, once again decentralizing mining. Merkle Tree proof of work mining is a solution implemented to remedy…

Analysis: Bitcoin Costs $1.4 Billion to 51% Attack, Consumes as Much Electricity as Morocco

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To successfully conduct a 51 percent attack on the Bitcoin network would cost an incredible $1.4 billion. This massive network supports over 5 million specialized ASIC mining computers, consuming a total of 29 Terahashes of electricity—as much as the entire country of Morocco. One of the underpinnings of the Bitcoin network is its security. The…

Bitcoin Miners Ruined by Downturn, “Selling Hardware by the Pound”; Giga Watt Files Bankruptcy

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Miners have been decimated by the market downturn. In response, miners have started decommissioning hardware, mothballing rigs, and even selling hardware by the pound. Bitcoin and cryptocurrency proof-of-work (PoW) mining is a controversial topic. Mining is a process where computers continuously solve a difficult algorithm in exchange for cryptocurrency. This exchange consumes a massive amount…

Ethereum’s New Serenity Protocol Lowers the Cost of Running Staking Nodes

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Ethereum’s new Serenity update, which will enable the network to transition from a Proof-of-Work (PoW) to a Proof-of-Stake (PoS) consensus model, has been generating a lot of hype in 2018. Apart from addressing the problem of scalability, the new chain also drastically reduces the cost for running a staking node in Ethereum 2.0, it was…

Crypto Hangover Hits Nvidia as Chip Sales Plunge With Bitcoin Prices

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After a stellar rise in business over the last year due to the cryptocurrency boom, chipmaker Nvidia’s optimistic figures for graphics card demand in 2018 has drastically fallen short of expectations, with share prices falling by 17 percent on the back of millions of unsold chips. Falling Crypto Frenzy Takes Down Chipmakers As reported by…

Chinese Principal Fired for Crypto Mining on The Job

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Headmaster Lei Hua has been fired from his job at a school in Hunan, China, after a total of nine mining rigs were found stealing his school’s electricity to mine Ethereum, the BBC reported on Friday. Chinese headmaster canned for mining cryptocurrency with school's electricityhttps://t.co/fFMAe2IYPj pic.twitter.com/fYSHNWmBaO — Gizmodo (@Gizmodo) November 9, 2018 School Foots the…

Miners Have Begun Using Asicboost on the Bitcoin Cash Network

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On Oct. 22, Bitmain released new firmware for the company’s Antminer mining rigs that enables the use of an optimization known as (overt) version-rolling Asicboost. Since then, Bitcoin Cash mining pools have been using the protocol and 63 Asicboost blocks were mined last week on the network. Also read: Developers Launch BDIP: A Bitcoin Cash Proposal…