Report: GHash commits to a 40% hashrate cap

Posted on July 16, 2014

In June, behemoth bitcoin-mining pool GHash.io briefly gained more than half of the total network hashrate, a move that caused many to question just how secure bitcoin’s much-touted decentralized network really was. The situation was a wake-up call for many, as it meant that the long-hypothesized “51% attack” wasn’t as implausible as many experts had […]

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Report: GHash.io’s Jeffrey Smith talks about the 51% problem

Posted on June 23, 2014

Few organizations in the bitcoin community have been the subject of such heated debate as GHash.io. On the one hand, GHash has created one of the most user-friendly, efficient and low payout-variability pools in the cryptocurrency world, leveraging their own dedicated cloud mining system to encourage high rewards for independent contributors. On the other, GHash […]

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GHash.io issues statement about 51% situation

Posted on June 16, 2014

Over the weekend, bitcoin mega-pool GHash.io controlled more than half of the network’s hashing power. Given that bitcoin was designed to be decentralized, with no particular party having any significant authority over the network, this was a deeply troubling development. Even worse, the GHash situation was a clear demonstration that bitcoin was unambiguously vulnerable to […]

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GHash fallout prompts BitFury to pull 1.5PH/s from pool

Posted on June 14, 2014

Industrial bitcoin mining company BitFury announced today that it has moved 1.5 petahash from the GHash.io pool following widespread concerns of hashrate centralization and growing fears about the potential of a 51% attack. The company maintains two high-powered mining facilities in Iceland and Finland, taking advantage of those countries extremely low energy costs. Should the […]

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Bitcoin developer Gavin Andresen weighs in on centralized mining and the GHash situation

Posted on June 14, 2014

Back in May Bitcoin Foundation Chief Scientist told a crowd at the Bitcoin2014: “I still don’t care about mining [except] in the way it affects user experiences.” In the past two months, however, the situation has changed. Writing for the official Bitcoin Foundation blog today, Andresen expressed deep concerns about centralized mining and the impact […]

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Mining pool giant GHash.io reaches 50% of bitcoin hashing power

Posted on June 13, 2014

Yesterday, mining pool giant GHash.io controlled fully half of the hashing power of the entire bitcoin network. For a distributed network that relies on trustless consensus, having the majority of the “voting” power controlled by a single mining pool is more than a little problematic. Most notably, it opens up the bitcoin network to the […]

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Miners flee GHash.io after near 51% scenario

Posted on June 9, 2014

The possible 51% scenario crisis over the weekend has been averted, with bitcoin miners leaving GHash.io for other pools. GHash.io is still the most popular mining pool, with 33% of the total hashrate, but the problematic scenario surrounding any one pool gaining the majority of the network hashing power has been averted. While there was […]

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