Chinese Miners Flock to Sichuan for Cheap Electricity During the Wet Season

Chinese Miners Flock to Sichuan for Cheap Electricity During the Wet Season

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Over the last two months, the hashrate between the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) and Bitcoin Core (BTC) networks has increased significantly since hitting a low on December 15, 2018. Numerous reports detail that many Chinese miners who control a large portion of SHA-256 hashrate have been recently setting up shop in Sichuan. During the wet season…

Report Claims 85% of the Monero Network Dominated by ASIC Miners

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Over the last few years, certain cryptocurrency networks have tried to block ASIC mining with many fruitless attempts to forge ASIC-resistant protocols. Multiple cryptocurrency developers have attempted to brick ASIC miners, but with scant success. A perfect example is the privacy-centric digital currency Monero, a project that has tried to fork the software multiple times…

Analysis Suggests that 85 Percent of Monero Network is Dominated by ASICs

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Within the last 40 days, analysis suggests that Monero is once again dominated by ASIC mining, with 85 percent of the network hash rate coming from this specialized computer hardware. The author was able to detect this new wave of ASICs via mining nonce forensics. Background on Monero Monero is an open-source cryptocurrency created in…

Ethereum Classic’s 51 Percent Attack Highlights the Challenges of Proof-of-Work Coins

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On Jan. 5th, Ethereum Classic (ETC) suffered a 51% attack losing a total of more than US$1 million spread over 15 different transactions. The scale of this attack can offer some lessons to the challenges faced by blockchains secured by Proof of Work (PoW). This is not the first majority attack that has occurred. In…

Largest Bitcoin Mining Pools Gutted as Bitmain Reels

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The two largest Bitcoin mining pools, BTC.com and Antpool, have lost a large chunk of their hash power over the crypto winter. The two Bitmain owned pools signaled the mining market’s implosion, culminating in Bitmain laying off 50 percent of its workforce. At the beginning of 2018, Bitmain’s mining pools BTC.com and Antpool were the…

Learn About the BCH Network With Bitcoin.com’s ‘Mastering Bitcoin Cash’

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At Bitcoin.com, our web portal hosts a developer section aimed at providing Bitcoin Cash (BCH) developers with the resources and tools to program killer applications using the BCH protocol. The developer.Bitcoin.com section has now added an educational resource for newcomers and veterans called Mastering Bitcoin Cash. The documentation offers a comprehensive overview of BCH basics…

Zcash Mining Mysteriously Spikes Despite Low Profitability

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Zcash’s network hash rate has mysteriously spiked by over 40 percent since Dec. 10th. It is unknown what is causing the spike, but it could indicate a growing ASIC presence on Zcash, or, more likely, that a large mining conglomerate is returning to the fray. According to information from BitInfoCharts, from Dec. 10th to 18th,…

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…