Desktop Crypto Mining App HoneyMiner Comes to MacOS

HoneyMiner, a desktop-based crypto mining application, has released a new version for MacOS users. HoneyMiner, which launched in July 2018, accesses your CPU or GPU and uses it to mine various cryptos. A central server points the connected machines at a certain target like ethereum, ethereum classic, zcash, monero and other GPU-friendly currencies. “We have over 1,400 different kinds of GPUs on our network and it’s all about routing the right computation to its most optimal use case and whichever chain is optimal,” said co-founder and CEO Noah Jessop. The…

Crypto Mining App Honeyminer Now Available on MacOS

New Jersey-based cryptocurrency mining startup Honeyminer has made its mining app available on the Apple Macintosh operating system, the firm announced in a blog post on May 9. The Honeyminer app runs in the background, using the central processing unit (CPU) and graphics processing unit (GPU) of users’ computers for mining bitcoin (BTC). The startup claims to include app features such as mining while users’ computer is idle, an activity log with current mining statistics, currencies, and hardware utilized, and withdrawals, among others. While Honeyminer is expanding its offerings, other…

Crypto Mining Firm Argo Blockchain Expects Cash Breakeven in May With New Miners

Cryptocurrency mining firm Argo Blockchain expects a breakeven following an investment in new mining equipment, according to a press release published on the London Stock Exchange’s (LSE) site on May 8. London-based Argo said that it expects a cash breakeven in May, and outlined its intention to continue to expand its mining infrastructure as hardware prices become cheaper. The company expects that 1,000 units of Bitmain Z11 miners that came into production on May 2 will improve gross margin during the second quarter. Argo further reveals that it has settled…

Cybercriminals Sneak in Crypto Mining Malware via Confluence Software Exploit

Cybercriminals are now reportedly exploiting known vulnerability CVE-2019-3396 in the software Confluence, a workspace productivity tool made by Atlassian, according to a report by security intelligence firm Trend Micro Inc. on May 7. The exploit that has been developed allows cybercriminals to stealthily install and run a monero (XMR) miner on a vulnerable computer, as well as covering up the mining activity by using a rootkit to hide the malware’s network activity and toll on the host’s central processing unit (CPU). According to an Atlassian security advisory, the vulnerability in…

‘One-Stop Shop’ for Crypto Mining and Trading to Launch Spot Market May 23

Cryptocurrency exchange and mining startup Bcause LLC is a few weeks away from launching its spot market. The Chicago-based company has tentatively set May 23 as the go-live date for bitcoin, bitcoin cash, ether, and litecoin, co-founder and chief marketing officer Thomas Flake told CoinDesk. In anticipation of the launch, it has obtained money transmitter licenses in eight states, with 20 more applications pending, Flake said. Among the first states where Bcause will be available are Illinois, Virginia, Washington and Texas. Bcause has also applied for New York’s BitLicense, but the…

Winklevoss Capital Invests in Firm Using Natural Gas to Fuel Crypto Mining Data Centers

The Winklevoss twins’ family office, Winklevoss Capital, has participated in a $4.5 million seed financing round for flare mitigation provider Crusoe Energy Systems Inc. to advance its construction of data centers that can mine cryptocurrencies. The news was reported by Bloomberg on May 3. Flare mitigation — as a Crusoe press release accompanying the seed financing round outlines — aims to reduce the environmentally noxious impact of flaring (burning off) surplus natural gas, which is in some cases used to tackle the difficulties of transporting excess gas supplies. While flaring…

Crypto Mining Hardware Market to See 10% Compound Annual Growth by 2023

Digital currency mining hardware market is set to expand by 2023, according to a report from market research firm Reportlinker published on April 29. Per the analysis, the rising number of product launches will facilitate the growth of cryptocurrency mining hardware, that will purportedly register a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 10% by 2023. The report suggests that one of the major drivers of the cryptocurrency mining hardware market growth worldwide is the increasing demand for cryptocurrency-specific hardware, such as field-programmable gate array (FPGA) processors and application-specific…

Canadian Regulator Introduces New Rules for Crypto Mining

Régie de l’énergie, the energy regulator of the Canadian province of Quebec, has released new rules for cryptocurrency miners. The development was announced by major Canadian electricity provider Hydro-Quebec on April 29. Under the new regulations, the Régie de l’énergie has ordered power producer Hydro-Quebec to allocate 300 megawatts (MW) to the blockchain industry. “This 300 MW will be in addition to the 158 MW already granted to existing customers approved by Hydro-Quebec, and to the 210 MW granted to existing customers approved by municipal distributors,” the announcement further explains.…

Funding Approved for Audit of Ethereum’s ProgPoW Mining Proposal

Ethereum developers announced today that funding has been approved to audit the hotly-contested code change known as Progressive Proof-of-Work or ProgPoW. Since February, developers have been gathering the funds necessary to back a third-party audit of the ProgPoW code. Today, during a weekly meeting, it was announced that the targeted amount of 50,000 DAI (equivalent to roughly $50,000) has been fully met through crowd-sourced donations on open-source bounty platform Gitcoin, as well as other unnamed sources from the community. The aim of this audit, as stated by Ethereum Foundation community…

Final Frontier and Bitfury Launch Regulated Bitcoin Mining Fund

Following approval from European authorities, Swiss investment firm Final Frontier is partnering with Bitfury Group to launch a regulated bitcoin mining fund for personal and institutional investors. Bitfury announced the partnership on April 24, 2019, describing the project and some of the advantages that this mining fund will offer to investors. According to the Bitfury Medium post, the fund will look to introduce more investors to the difficult-to-access world of bitcoin mining “by offering exposure to bitcoin mining via a fully regulated fund in a European jurisdiction, with top-tier service…