Bitcoin Robbers to be Busted in Singapore

Two 36-year-old men have been arrested in Singapore after allegedly stealing $365,000 in cash from a Malaysian man who wanted to buy BTC from them
13 April 2018   646

Pang Joon Hau in Singapore was robbed at $ 365,000 during a personal meeting with the prospective seller. This is reported by Cointelegraph.

According to the announcement of the Singapore Police, the crime was committed on April 8. After the victims appealed to the police, the law enforcement officers managed to establish the identity of the suspects and detain them.

One of the suspected, Mohd Abdul Rahman Mohama, allegedly said he was a part-time Bitcoin broker. He is reported to have given his accomplice Syed Mokhtar Syed Yusope about $10,000 and himself spent around $80,000 on luxury staff, including a Rolex watch worth $45,800. The remaining $271,000 are yet to be accounted for.

Detainees face punishment in the form of imprisonment for up to 5 to 20 years and at least 12 strokes with sticks. The authorities do not say whether they managed to return the cash, which became the prey of intruders.

The Police will not condone anyone committing such serious offences and profiting from the proceeds of the crime.  We will spare no efforts in pursuing such criminals and deal with them in accordance with the law.
 

Arthur Law

Commander of Central Police Division and Assistant Commissioner, Police 

This case marks one of the first crimes associated with bitcoin, committed in Singapore.

HashFlare Users to Face Withdrawal Issues

Looks like Bitcoin cloud mining is not super profitable
18 July 2018   92

Users of HashFlare mining pool can't withdraw their funds, while their contracts are threatened with a temporary ban. Even lower restrictions on withdrawal of funds in the amount of 0.03 BTC caused problems for users, but the service raised the threshold to 0.05 BTC and 0.1 ETH . This is reported by Cryptovest.

In addition, financial pyramids are often promoted under the guise of mining contracts for cloud mining. For last few months, there was a big jump in mining difficulty of many cryptocurrencies, so, old contacts had become unprofitable.

As reported, the reason for the locked funds dates back further - at the beginning of June, so much hashing power was flowing into the Bitcoin network that contracts saw all the mined coins go toward their maintenance fee.

Currently, more and more users who have purchased contracts at earlier stages are facing the fact that they can not withdraw their funds. One of them managed to return the money spent through the bank card operator after filing a corresponding complaint.

To anybody that purchased a Hashflare cloud mining contract with a credit card, it might be possible to get a refund with that credit card as one of my followers tipped me. He bought his contracts at the end of 2017.
 

bccponzi at Twitter

The hash rate of bitcoin increased from 13 EHash / s at the beginning of the year to more than 40 EHash / s in recent months. The difficulty of mining in the present conditions depends on the circumstances of the specific miner. The cost of bitcoin mining for some of them is $ 4,400, while others spend about $ 5,800. However, in 2018, cloudy mining is called an even more dubious occupation than before, especially when it comes to mining bitcoin.