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Bitmain Fires Entire Bitcoin Cash Development Team: Report

Things appear to be far from well with Bitcoin Mining firm Bitmain as several reports indicate another round of employee layoffs at the firm. This news follows reports that the company’s IPO is also dead in the water after rumors of Q3 losses running into over $700 million.


Bitmain on Firing Spree

According to Blockstream CSO, Samson Mow, there are rumors swirling that the mining giant laid off its entire Copernicus team. Mow cited posts from Chinese LinkedIn published by company employees. The Copernicus team was responsible for developing the Bitcoin Cash GO client for Bitmain.

In another report, other messages indicate a far more extensive labor cutback, which could target up to half of Bitmain’s entire workforce. Earlier in the month, Bitcoinist reported that the company closed down its research division in Israel. More than 20 employees lost their jobs after the move.

BCH Blues

Bitmain bet on Bitcoin Cash 00, a move that now appears to have backfired leading to severe losses for the company. Rumors of massive Q3 2018 losses are also casting huge doubts over the company financials and will likely stonewall its IPO plans.

The second half of 2018 has turned out to be a challenging one for the company. From the massive fall in BCH prices to the Bitcoin Cash hash wars, Bitmain’s bitcoin mining industry monopoly could be in jeopardy.

Recently, US IT firm UnitedCorp sued Bitmain along with Kraken, Bitcoin.com, and Roger Ver for allegedly manipulating the BCH network.

Tis the Season of Layoffs

Bitmain is only the latest in a series of mass layoffs in the cryptocurrency and blockchain technology industry. Earlier this month, Consensys fired 100 of its employees (about 10 percent of its entire staff strength) as Ethereum price 00 plummeted from an all-time high of $1,400 in January to as low as $83 in early December. Reports even indicate that the company isn’t through with its downsizing.

Others like Steemit and Ethereum mobile dApp maker Status have also significantly reduced their workforce in the past months. For many of these startups, the reason for their downsizing is directly tied to the dramatic fall in cryptocurrency prices with many experiencing drop of over 90 percent.

Oddly enough, despite the increasing layoffs, the latest figures show that talent is still very much in demand in the space. A recent Glassdoor survey found that job openings in the cryptocurrency industry are at an 18-month high.

What do you think the situation at Bitmain reveals about the state of similar companies in the cryptocurrency scene at the moment? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments below.


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Bitcoin Price to $17K in 2020, Says ‘Unorthodox’ Mining Difficulty Prediction

An ‘unorthodox prediction’ of mining difficulty increases puts the bitcoin price somewhere around $17,000 in 2020 — due to the possible power law relationship between the two.


Bitcoin price and difficulty ‘power law relationship’

Twitter user @100trillionUSD is back again with another intriguing chart — this time plotting the relationship between BTC price 00 and expected bitcoin mining difficulty in the coming years.

The previous graph visualized the relationship between the bitcoin mining reward halving and its impact on price over time, plotting the months before the halving event took place. This time the focus was on mining difficulty and price, since many analysts consider it to be inextricably linked to network hash rate.

 “Price follows hashrate,” said Max Keiser earlier this year. Adding that it’s been his “mantra” since bitcoin was at $3.

Mining is undoubtedly profitable when the hash rate is rising. It also means miners are confident in the future of Bitcoin if they are adding hardware to scale up their operations. However, a high hash rate also causes the Bitcoin mining difficulty to increase. This makes the mining process more resource-intensive as more hash power is needed to achieve the same results as at lower difficulty levels.

If the hash rate is too high relative to the price at which miners can sell their mined bitcoin (as we’ve seen this year), the most unprofitable miners will likely drop out. They may sell their equipment or simply turn off their rigs until the price recovers or it becomes easier to mine as difficulty adjusts. 

“Based on the poll results on bitcoin difficulty and the possible power law relationship between bitcoin price and difficulty (see formula below), an unorthodox prediction of the 2020 bitcoin price would be: $17,317,” explains 100trillionUSD.

Overall, 85 percent of respondents believe the difficulty will increase 10-100 times in the next two years. Meanwhile, only 10 percent think this is the beginning of the end for Bitcoin mining frequently referred to as the ‘death spiral’ (more about this later).

The biggest share of respondents (59 percent) expects the difficulty to rise 10x between today and the end of 2020. A smaller group (27 percent), however, believe the increase could be as high as 100X, which would translate into a price above $28,000.

Granted, the poll sample size was rather small with just over 250 votes. Nevertheless, mining difficulty is an important factor to consider for not only predicting BTC price but also evaluating the state of the network as a whole.

Difficulty Drops But No ‘Death Spiral’

Bitcoinist recently reported that the Bitcoin network mining difficulty just had another downward adjustment to lower price. The biggest in seven years, in fact, amid a year-long bear market that saw an 85 percent drop in market capitalization from its all-time high in late 2017.

But contrary to many ‘experts’ equating a break in the trend to the start of a mining ‘death spiral,’ the difficulty adjustment is an important counterbalance for the Bitcoin network. In other words, the adjusting difficulty (every 2016 blocks) relative to hash rate is a feature that enables the Bitcoin network to find the equilibrium for mining profitability.

What’s more, this is similar to what central banks do by raising and lowering interest rates with changing market conditions. However, in Bitcoin’s case, the adjustment is entirely baked into the code and thus, entirely predictable. 

Is mining difficulty a good metric to consider when predicting price? Share your thoughts below! 


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Bitcoin Pioneer Files For Bankruptcy

Washington State bitcoin mining pioneer GigaWatt filed for bankruptcy this week in a suspected bid to sell the company. The move follows the departure, in August, of the company’s co-founder, David Carlson.


From Bedroom to World’s Biggest Bitcoin Mine

Carlson started mining bitcoin as a hobby back in 2012 and saw the potential of cheap hydro-electric power in the state. A former Microsoft engineer, Carlson built the world’s largest bitcoin mine in an old furniture store in Wenatchee in 2013.

The benefit of the reduced energy costs quickly became felt and the company expanded to offer hosting services to other miners. In central Washington, electricity sells for less than a quarter of the national average.

Bitcoin Boomtown

In 2017, as the bitcoin price exploded, GigaWatt planned a multi-million dollar expansion on a nine-acre plot in Douglas County. Local authorities supported the scheme to create 24 prefabricated ‘pods’ where miners could set up their operations.

The company raised $22.6 million dollars in an ICO, issuing tokens redeemable for discount hosting services. Carlson and the other three owners also invested $25 million to back the project. Everything was looking rosy for GigaWatt and Wenatchee.

bitcoin mining

Small-town Slowdown

If falling bitcoin prices made it hard to attract investors and clients, construction delays and budget overruns threw a real spanner in the works. The hosting pods remain incomplete and GigaWatt has faced several lawsuits from investors.

According to the bankruptcy filing, GigaWatt holds less than $50,000 in assets and has creditor claims of $7 million. It faces eviction proceedings from the Port of Douglas County, although these are ‘on hold’ pending the latest filing.

Climate Change

The climate has somewhat changed for miners across Washington State recently. Towns are pushing back against the previously welcomed miners and Grant County has introduced higher energy tariffs for ‘evolving industries.’

Despite this, the Port Executive Director hopes that the project will still be completed, either by GigaWatt or another operator. She said:

The goal would be to have the project in some way shape or form completed so that it is a productive use for both the port district, in terms of lease revenue, but also providing jobs and economic growth for the community at large.

What do you think of GigaWatt filing for bankruptcy? Let us know in the comments below! 


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Bitcoin Hashrate Drop Sparks Rumors of $3.8K Miner ‘Turn-Off Price’

The drop in Bitcoin hashrate has sparked rumors China has turned off huge numbers of mining rigs as the process is no longer profitable.


‘More Economic To Turn Them Off’

Video and photo content which allegedly came from F2Pool owner BitFish hit western social media November 20, being uploaded by local news feed cnLedger and Primitive partner Dovey Wan.

“…Many miners are mining at loss at the current price point, now it’s more economic to turn it off and take it off from the rack to reduce cost on electricity and opex,” Wan explained.

Bitcoin price 00 continues to suffer after a week of price losses which saw its value against the dollar drop around 30 percent. At press time Tuesday, BTC/USD hovered at $4400.

According to Wan, the “turn off price” for mining in China with a Bitmain Antminer S9 rig is approximately $3800, but will adjust down if difficulty and competition also drop.

Factors such as China’s dry season forcing up hydroelectricity costs exacerbated the problem, she said, adding that “some top mining pool owners” had admitted operating at a loss for several months.

F2Pool subsequently released its own list of mining price cut-offs, urging miners to check to ensure they were “running in profit.”

Fake News Allegations Abound

Due to much of the source material originating from Chinese social media, western Twitter commentators were quick to pour scrutiny on the claims, many calling out Wan and cnLedger for allegedly spreading “fake news.”

The material showing miners lying in piles outside was from the Sichuan Province floods, which knocked out many rigs in June, they claimed, nonetheless failing to reproduce the video or photograph from other sources.

Data from Blockchain meanwhile confirms the hashrate drop in Bitcoin, which has reversed to levels last seen in August.

Bitcoin hashrate

The turnaround marks a rare occurrence for the network, which has gotten used to the gradual increase in hashing power, particularly over the past year.

Ongoing attempts to divert miners to Bitcoin Cash in an effort to shore up one of its chains post-hard fork continue.

What do you think about the drop in Bitcoin hashrate? Let us know in the comments below!


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Why Did Bitmain’s Antpool ‘Stop Mining’ SegWit Blocks?

Antpool, the Bitcoin mining pool owned by hardware manufacturer Bitmain, has stopped mining Segregated Witness (‘SegWit’) blocks.


A Question Of ‘Charity’?

In a move which has sparked suspicion among cryptocurrency figures, data from the past seven days of block mining shows Bitmain mining blocks of under 1 megabyte – smaller than SegWit blocks mined by other pools.

“AntPool no longer includes SegWit txs in Bitcoin (BTC) blocks,” one Twitter account confirmed October 30.

If there are enough non-SW transactions to fill up Core’s 1MB base blocks and they pay higher fees than the SW transactions, why should (it) be charitable?

The curious statistics contrast with Bitmain’s desire to increase the Bitcoin block size limit as an alternative to the off-chain scaling options favored by SegWit proponents.

The apparent conflict was not lost on the industry, the research team of Hong Kong-based trading platform BitMEX also highlighting the sub-megabyte blocks on Twitter.

“Despite Bitmain’s strong support for larger blocks, Antpool has recently been producing smaller blocks (below 1MB), while other pools produce larger blocks,” staff commented.

Worst Of Both Worlds

Reactions to BitMEX included claims Bitmain, through excluding SegWit, could continue to use the highly-controversial Covert ASICBoost mining technique it had previously claimed was “not practical.”

Last month, the company began rolling out Overt ASICBoost for its Antminer hardware family, a move which similarly drew suspicion from commentators.

Bitmain 135 Watt Data Center

In a further nuance meanwhile, Blockstream’s Warren Togami noted that despite non-SegWit blocks ostensibly having a higher fee attached, the blocks Antpool had chosen to mine in fact contained less in fees than the SegWit blocks it was avoiding.

Bitmain continues to hold a monopoly on Bitcoin mining through control of Antpool and BTC.com, the latter regularly mining the most blocks on a given day.

The proportion of transactions using SegWit had continued to climb in recent months, reaching an all-time high of 48 percent in early October before dropping.

What do you think about Antpool’s mining behavior? Let us know in the comments below!


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Nvidia Calls Off Cryptocurrency Mining Production Amid Low Earnings

Graphics chip manufacturing giant Nvidia saw huge growth in late 2017 and throughout most of 2018 as demand for its high-end Graphics Processing Units (GPUs), used for cryptocurrency mining, skyrocketed. The recent bear market has caused demand for GPUs to dwindle, leaving Nvidia to readjust its strategy.


Nvidia In Its Heyday

It seems Nvidia is throwing in the towel on the development and production of its cryptocurrency mining focused graphics cards and chips.

Nvidia has seen some explosive growth over the last few years and is currently seeing a 68% increase in value in the past year alone (indicated below in yellow), although this week the stock price has slipped almost eight percent (indicated below in red).

Nvidia’s biggest rival, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), also saw record highs recently, gaining more than 100% in just the past quarter.

Nvidia was especially successful riding the waves of the huge cryptocurrency boom of November and December, gaining an impressive 42% from November 2017 to its all-time high of $267 per share in June 2018 (indicated below in blue).

Demand for its highest-end GeForce series GPUs surged as the price of Bitcoin 00 shot from $5,800 to almost $20,000 in the span of 1 month — creating a buying frenzy from miners and resellers looking to cash in on the crypto-craze.

The recent market downturn, however, has left Nvidia with a lot of unexpected extra stock due to fading interest and market sentiment. Nvidia and AMD must be prepared to adapt their business models and plans to suit a prolonged cryptocurrency bear market.

Bloomberg writes in My Broadband:

Nvidia said it had expected about $100 million in sales of chips bought by currency miners in the fiscal second quarter. Instead, the total was $18 million in the period, and that revenue is likely to disappear entirely going forward.

Planning For The Future

Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang plans to trim cryptocurrency mining production out of the budget.

In a conference call yesterday, Huang spoke about moving down new avenues and focusing on Nvidia’s strengths for the remainder of the year.

“Our core platforms exceeded our expectations, even as crypto largely disappeared. We’re projecting no crypto mining going forward,” he said.

Soon, the heat from Clines setup became an issue. He describes the steps he took in order to mitigate the high-temperature conditions in his dorm room.

Although cryptocurrency mining helped give Nvidia a short-term boost in revenue and market value, the company cannot continue to keep up in competition with mining goliaths, like the Chinese-owned Bitmain. Bitmain produces and uses ASIC miners that are able to mine much more efficiently than the best Nvidia cards.

Nvidia will instead build upon their strengths, particularly in the computer gaming, artificial intelligence, and data processing sectors.

Graphics card junkies are on the edge of their seats for the upcoming Geforce 20 series chips, with new Turing chip architecture. First looks at the chips are claiming the top of the line Geforce RTX Titan can outperform Nvidia’s current top card, the 1080 Ti, by 50 percent.

Despite a small tumble this quarter, the future still seems bright for Nvidia.

What do you think about Nvidia’s exit from cryptocurrency mining production? Will the company still continue to gain value in 2018? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!


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CoinHive In-Browser Software is ‘Mining’ $250K Per Month, Research Finds

New academic research released by RWTH Aachen University has discovered that cryptocurrency miner CoinHive is very profitable. In fact, it’s generating over $250,000 worth of Monero profit every month by hi-jacking internet users’ CPUs. One of the users could have easily been you. 


The research itself provides a broad overview of browser-mining activity across the Web. It reveals that Monero accounts for 75 percent of all browser-based cryptocurrency mining. The organization CoinHive is behind most of it. Thus, it is no wonder that security and investigation reporter Brain Krebs warns readers by claiming:

Multiple security firms recently identified cryptocurrency mining service Coinhive as the top malicious threat to Web users.

What is CoinHive?

CoinHive offers an in-browser, JavaScript-based miner for the Monero Blockchain. People can embed the mining script into a website. Then, when a user visits the website, the script will run the miner from the user’s browser. It will then mine XMR. Whoever embeds the code receives the mining profit.

CoinHive also offers a ‘shortlink solution’. This works much like a regular link — except that, to reach the destination, the user’s machine must perform some hashes (the number of which is set by its creator).

CoinHive argues that these services create the possibility for “an ad-free experience.” In actuality, it has created a new cyber-threat. Users are now paying other people through their CPU power — and they can be completely unaware.

CoinHive Set to Make $1,000,000 in Annual Revenue

The university researchers found that CoinHive is very profitable. Its ad-hoc browser-mining botnet is responsible for 1.18 percent of the entire Monero network. Moreover, the analysis suggests it is generating over 300 XMR (approximately $24,000) per week.

In the research, they note:

If we sum up the block rewards of the actually mined blocks over the observation period of [four] weeks, we find that Coinhive [sic] earned 1,271 XMR. Similar to other cryptocurrencies, Monero’s exchange-rate fluctuates heavily, at time of writing one XMR is worth 200 USD, having peaked at 400 USD at the beginning of the year. Thus, given the current exchange-rate, Coinhive [sic] mines Moneros worth around $250,000 per month […]

CoinHive keeps 30 percent of all mined XMR for itself. That’s $75,000 a month, or almost a million dollars in annual income.

Only 10 Users Dominate CoinHive’s Short Link Service

By scraping through CoinHive’s link database, the research found that there are almost two million active short links. Essentially, they force users to undertake Monero mining. Most of these links lead to video streams or filesharing sites. Yet, what’s more alarming is that most of the profit goes to only 10 users:

Coinhive’s [sic] link forwarding service is dominated by links from only 10 users. They mostly redirect to streaming videos and filesharing sites. We find that most short links can be resolved within minutes, however, some links require millions of hashes to be computed which is infeasible.

That some links are never set to resolve is significant — it highlights how malicious this new service can become.

Bitcoinist has already reported on 200,000 routers in Brazil being injected with modified CoinHive code. Because the code was injected into the router, users were mining Monero in the background of literally every page they visited.

It’s becoming clear that alongside rapid innovation, the blockchain industry is also bringing new threats. Unsuspecting in-browser mining is a pertinent threat that is worrisome. Fortunately, there are some attempts to solve this problem already. For example, security researcher Troy Mursche recommends the browser extension minerBlock. It uses JavaScript detection and a blacklist to limit the possibility of users mining cryptocurrency unexpectedly.

It seems like we are now at war with a new cyber-threat, and it’s turning out to be very profitable.

How will the war on in-browser cryptocurrency mining play-out? Let us know in the comments below!


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Huge Wind Farm to Power Bitcoin Mining Will Be Built in North Africa

As Bitcoin mining becomes more expensive and is criticized as being detrimental to the environment, several initiatives are being put forward to reverse this situation. The latest move comes from Brookstone Partners, which involves building a 900-megawatt wind farm in Morocco dedicated to mining Bitcoin.


Bitcoin Mining To Minimize Carbon Footprint

Critics have always argued that Bitcoin mining is a threat to the environment. They point out that cryptocurrency mining consumes huge amounts of electricity, often citing the fact that the Bitcoin network consumes more power than the Republic of Ireland.

Bitcoin Mining To Minimize Carbon Footprint

Indeed, Digiconomist estimates that Bitcoin consumes more power than some countries, such as the Czech Republic, Chile, and Austria.

Moreover, Bitcoin energy consumption continues to grow relentlessly. By the end of 2018, the Bitcoin network could be using over 125 terawatt-hours per year, as the chart below forecasts. A terawatt is a unit of power that equals one trillion watts:

2018 Bitcoin Energy Consumption Forecast

However, Bitcoin’s biggest problem is its carbon footprint. According to Digiconomist:

Bitcoin’s biggest problem is not even its massive energy consumption, but that the network is mostly fueled by coal-fired power plants in China. Coal-based electricity is available at very low rates in this country. Even with a conservative emission factor, this results in an extreme carbon footprint for each unique Bitcoin transaction.

Thus, to address the issues of increasing electricity costs and environmental damage and to build computing centers powered by environmentally clean, utility-scale renewable green energy, Brookstone Partners founded Soluna.

Mining Bitcoins Using Clean, Low-Cost Renewable Energy

The planned giant 900-megawatt wind farm to mine Bitcoin will be built in North Africa, Bloomberg reports. The site chosen for the farm is at a remote Moroccan location, in Dakhla, on the edge of the Sahara Desert, by the Atlantic Ocean. According to Soluna’s website:

Soluna aims to address this problem by building computing centers powered by environmentally clean, utility-scale renewable green energy. Our mission is to power the crypto-economy with clean, low-cost renewable energy. To do this, we are building a blockchain infrastructure and mining company that owns its own renewable energy resources.

Brookstone is a private equity firm with its headquarters in New York. It specializes in strategic acquisitions, add-on acquisitions, and growth capital. The firm also focuses on middle market investments in public and private companies.

Bitcoin enthusiasts are encouraged to learn about Brookstone Partners’ initiative, which involves converting wind energy into valuable electrical energy to mine cryptocurrencies. Wind is considered the cheapest energy source available.

How do you think using alternate energy sources such as wind will impact Bitcoin mining? Let us know in the comments below!


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New Power Rates for Cryptocurrency Miners in Upstate New York

The New York Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved new electricity rates for cryptocurrency miners in Upstate New York.


Details of the New Rates

In a press release issued by the New York PSC, high-density power consumers like cryptocurrency miners under the Massena Electric Department will pay new utility rates. The new rules approved by the New York PSC aims to protect existing electricity customers while at the same time encouraging miners from setting up shop in the area.

As part of the new plan, cryptocurrency mining operators will be able to negotiate with municipal power authorities in the area. By so doing, utility companies can review the energy demands of miners individually to come up with suitable contracts for each cryptocurrency mining facility.

To qualify for this new rate, miners must exceed a demand of 300kW and a load density of 250 kWh per square foot per year. Also, they must provide proof of benefits attached to their consumption. The new directive is an economic development assistance package that virtual currency miners in the area can enjoy.

Commenting on the new rate plan, chairman of the New York PSC John B. Rhodes said:

As part of our continuing effort to balance the needs of existing customers with the need to attract new companies, we must ensure that business customers pay a fair price for the electricity that they consume. However, given the abundance of low-cost electricity in Upstate New York, there is an opportunity to serve the needs of existing customers and to encourage economic development in the region.

New York Public Services Commission

No Downside for Existing Customers

One significant upside to the new electricity pricing policy is that it does not affect the rates paid by existing customers. Cryptocurrency miners and other high-density power consumers in Upstate New York that do not meet up with criteria will be placed in another pricing category.

Thus, existing customers are shielded from being made to pay a premium on electricity in an area that has one of the lowest utility tariffs in the United States. The new plan comes into effect on July 17, 2018.

Since the beginning of the year, cryptocurrency miners have been trouping into areas in Upstate New York looking to take advantage of cheap power and favorable climatic conditions. However, municipal power authorities weren’t best pleased with the development fearing that their power resources could become stretched.

In March, the New York PSA authorized power authorities in the upstate area to introduce premium tariff rates for cryptocurrency miners. With this new pricing plan, however, miners can rest easy now that they know where they stand.

Should other states that play host to significant cryptocurrency mining activities adopt the decision by the New York PSC? Keep the conversation going in the comment section below.


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The Pirate Bay Resumes Cryptojacking But Should it Even be an Issue?

The Pirate Bay (TPB) has resumed its cryptojacking activities. The P2P file-sharing platform launched another browser script that hijacks unused CPU power of site users to mine cryptocurrency. TPB launched a similar browser script in September 2017 but discontinued it after vociferous protests from site users.


TPB is Running the Crypto Loot Web Miner

According to reports, the platform is running the web miner script called crypto loot. In a post on the TPB forum from June 2018, a user on the platform first reported the presence of the mining script on the TBP platform.

TPB appears to have set a new throttle value of 0.9 (90 percent throttle) for this latest coin mining script. Some users are reporting significant CPU utilization leading to overheating of their computers while browsing the site. When TPB tried to mine coins on its users’ computers last year, the script was throttled between 60 to 80 percent.

One possible explanation for the increased utilization of users’ CPU might be TBP’s need for increased revenue. These days, people tend to enable adblockers on the browsers. Thus, revenue from banner ads has declined significantly. Besides, P2P file sharing sites aren’t exactly cash cows for mainstream online advertising.

Platform Moderator Doesn’t Think it’s a Significant Issue

As expected, the development hasn’t gone down well with some site users. Many of them take exception to the fact that there isn’t an option to opt-out of their computing resources being forcefully used to mine cryptocurrency. Others decry the fact that the website administrators did not announce the fact that they had resumed running a web miner.

One of the super moderators of the TPB online forum, Sid, expressed disappointment at the development. Sid, however, opined that it wasn’t much of a problem, saying:

[Sic] Yeah, yeah, whatever. The time it takes to download a torrent is completely and utterly irrelevant. All you require from TPB is a magnet link. Open the site. Find a torrent. Click the magnet link. Close the site. End of miner. If you are ever on TPB for more than 5 minutes or so you’re doing it wrong. And if you’re ever on TPB without an ad blocker you’re doing it doubly wrong.

The Scourge of Cryptojacking

The Scourge of Cryptojacking

Cryptojacking isn’t exclusive to P2P file-sharing sites. In fact, the practice has surpassed virtual currency-based ransomware as the preferred attack mode of cryptocurrency hackers. At the center of the cryptojacking universe is Coinhive and the script it provides that enables people to commandeer the CPU of others to mine cryptocurrency.

There are hundreds of thousands of infected websites and users have to take precautions to safeguard their computers. So far, the practical means of protection include browser extensions like NoScript or ScriptBlock.

What do you think about The Pirate Bay resuming its cryptojacking activities? Keep the conversation going in the comment section below.


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