Bitcoin Core to Launch Alternative Mining Protocol

'The miners are now the miners again', Matt Corallo, Bitcoin Core developer says
04 July 2018   785

The developer of Bitcoin Core, Matt Corallo launched a new protocol 'BetterHash' to enhance the decentralization of mining. This is reported by Bitcoinist.

The protocol provides an opportunity to use its own block templates. The miners will continue to pay pools and interact with them, but the owners of the pools will not be able to control them.

This protocol is designed to allow users to run their own full node if they want to… they can build their own templates, select their own transactions (not censor transactions), choose which block they’re mining on to prevent a 51% attack or a selfish mining attack. The miners are now the miners again, rather than the miners being the pools.
 

Matt Corallo
Developer, Bitcoin Core

The protocol configuration differs from the main bitcoin pools, such as Bitmain and Antpool, which use the Stratum protocol, the protocol most popular among the miners.

Over Stratum you get the block templates, you get information about how to build the coinbase and also information representing all of the transactions in the block. This means that end user miners have largely no control over what they’re mining on.
 

Matt Corallo
Developer, Bitcoin Core

The fears of crypto community continue to grow due to the impact of large mining pools. In particular, the leading manufacturer of mining equipment Bitmain currently controls about 42% of the hashrate, and its share continues to grow to new record highs.

Bitmain may soon gain control over 51% of the bitcoin hash network. This will be possible if the ViaBTC mining pool, with a capacity of 9% of the total network hash, will join Bitmain.

G Suite & Target Twitter Accounts Hacked

Scammers hacked verified G Suite and Target Twitter account to use it for another fake "crypto giveaway"; 5.8634 bitcoins received
14 November 2018   112

Twitter accounts of one of the leaders in US retail Target and Google G Suite services were hacked by unknown, who immediately announced the free giveaway of bitcoins. The legitimate owners returned access to their pages quickly enough, but fraudsters still managed to get about $ 30,000.

After hacking the account G Suite, which has more than 800k subscribers, announced the distribution of 10 000 BTC. As reported by The Next Web, this post was deleted after 10 minutes. At the moment, Google has not commented on the situation.

Scammers message
Scammers message

Account Target, which has a little less than 2M subscribers, announced the distribution of 5 000 BTC.

Representatives Target confirmed hack of account, starting an investigation into the circumstances of the incident.

Early this morning, our Twitter account was inappropriately accessed. The access lasted for approx. half an hour & one fake tweet was posted during that time about a bitcoin scam. We have regained control of the account, are in close contact with Twitter & are investigating now.

As exploers show, there were no transfers to the of hackers of the G Suite account. However, with the help of a post on the Target page, attackers were able to get 5.8634 bitcoins.