Chinese police expanded to monitor international cryptocurrency activity

This falls in line with the efforts of Chinese government to provide regulation and security
01 March 2018   1130

It is reported today that China Police Force from recently includes a special unit for monitoring foreign virtual currency operations along with domestic platforms that have moved out of China. This and numerous other measures (ICO ban, blockchain patents, own cryptocurrency, decentralization of crypto trading,etc.) all aim to counter illegal financial activity like money laundering, pyramid schemes and investment fraud.

The situation came to this because after all the anti-crypto and anti-ICO measures, organizers and exchanges have decided to move overseas, outside of the jurisdiction of Chinese government. Some domestic enterprises and individuals evaded the regulation and set up exchanges outside China, moving their servers offshore or registering companies overseas.

Yet, China's National Internet Finance Association under Central Bank reported that such transition to foreign platforms didn't stop domestic investors from accessing them. This poses a formidable risk associated with global digital currency activities, especially that of being involved in pyramid schemes, as reported earlier by Chinese Ministry of Public Security. The most effective way of countering such behaviour is to be able to freeze trading accounts by means of banks.

Bitmain to Announce New ASIC Chip

BM1397 chip requires less energy and is able to achieve efficiency at 30J / TH
18 February 2019   66

This Monday, the Chinese mining company Bitmain announced the next-generation 7-nm chip codenamed BM1397, which, according to it surpasses its predecessors in performance and energy efficiency and is suitable for mining cryptocurrencies on the SHA256 algorithm, including Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash.

The BM1397 chip requires less energy and is able to achieve efficiency at 30J / TH, which is “higher by 28.6% than the previous 7-nm chip from Bitmain”, codenamed BM1391.

BM1397 is manufactured using TSMC, a Taiwan-based semiconductor product company, which is one of the leading suppliers in the cryptocurrency mining industry.

The BM1397 chip will be installed in the new ASIC miners of the Antminer S17 and Antminer T17 models, the release of which Bitmain promises to announce later. The company does not provide other details of the updated devices in its message.