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Bitcoin Mining Difficulty Drops 4.33%, Biggest Reduction in 10 Months

It’s now 4.33% easier to mine bitcoin over the next two weeks as the difficulty adjustment algorithm (DAA) dropped from 31.25 trillion to today’s 29.85 trillion. It’s the largest DAA drop since July 17, 2021, when the difficulty dropped 4.81% at block height 691,488. Bitcoin Mining Difficulty Dips 4.33% — The Largest Drop Since July 2021 Mining...

No Tax Amnesty for Russian Crypto Miners as Lawmakers Withdraw Proposal

A new draft law has replaced an earlier bill introducing a one-year tax and customs amnesty for cryptocurrency miners in Russia. The initial proposal has been withdrawn on the grounds that the tax break would have resulted in losses for the state budget. Revised Crypto Mining Legislation Submitted to Russian Parliament Without Amnesty for Miners Russian...

ESG Study Shows Bitcoin Mining’s Potential to Eliminate 0.15% of Global Warming by 2045, Claims No Other Technology Can Do Better

In recent times, the impact of bitcoin mining on the environment has been a topical discussion as climate change activists believe proof-of-work (PoW) mining is too energy-intensive. However, a recent report written by the ESG analyst Daniel Batten explains that bitcoin mining could eliminate the world’s carbon emissions by 5.32%. Batten’s study notes...

Bitcoin Miners Expected to Catch a Break in 2 Days, Mining Difficulty Estimated to Drop Close to 4%

While Bitcoin’s hashrate has remained above the 200 exahash per second (EH/s) mark, over the last two weeks the network’s mining difficulty has been at an all-time high (ATH) at 31.25 trillion. However, after 289 blocks are mined or roughly two days from now, Bitcoin’s mining difficulty is estimated to drop 3.67% giving miners some relief after the...

Crypto Mining Farm Uncovered in Russia’s Oldest Prison

Russian law enforcement officials are investigating a crypto mining operation at Butyrka, Russia’s oldest prison. A deputy warden has been accused of stealing electricity to mint digital coins with the help of unidentified accomplices. Deputy Warden Suspected of Mining Cryptocurrency in Moscow Prison A high-ranking representative of the management...

Despite Criminalizing Mining, Abkhazia Uncovers Another Crypto Farm

Even after introducing fines and criminal liability for cryptocurrency mining, Abkhazia continues to find underground facilities for digital currency extraction. This week, law enforcement officials have confiscated dozens of mining devices from an illegal crypto farm. Abkhazia Shuts Down Crypto Farm, Seizes Mining Hardware Police in Abkhazia have...

Study: Amid Mining Bans, China Still Commands World’s Second-Largest Share of Bitcoin Hashrate

New data stemming from the latest Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) report on bitcoin mining indicates that China still holds the second position in terms of global hashrate. While China commands close to 22% of Bitcoin’s global hashrate, the United States currently dominates with 37.69%, according to CCAF researchers. China Is Still...

Ethereum Hashrate Taps an All-Time High Amid This Week’s Crypto Market Meltdown

Amid the crazy week in the world of cryptocurrencies and the Bitcoin network’s mining difficulty reaching a lifetime high at 31.25 trillion, Ethereum’s hashrate tapped an all-time high on May 13, at block height 14,770,231. Cryptocurrency miners continue to dedicate large quantities of processing power toward the second-largest crypto network in terms...

Authorities Seize Over 1,500 Crypto Mining Rigs in Dagestan Crackdown

Law enforcement and other authorities in Dagestan have closed down two illegal crypto farms, confiscating more than 1,500 mining machines. Government agencies in the republic, considered one of Russia’s capitals of underground coin minting, carry out regular raids against such facilities. Cryptocurrency Miners in Dagestan Accused of ‘Illegal Entrepreneurship’...

Number of Busted Illegal Crypto Mining Farms in Iran Nears 7,000

Authorities in Iran have shut down close to 7,000 unauthorized facilities for cryptocurrency mining in the past two years, local media revealed. According to a report, most of the illegal bitcoin farms were concentrated in five provinces of the Islamic Republic, including Tehran. Iran Continues Crackdown on Unlicensed Cryptocurrency Mining Iranian...

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