GBMiners stops signaling for SegWit2x

According to Charlie Lee, GBMiners - a major mining pool operator - has stopped signaling for the SegWit2x 
28 October 2017   1553

Charlie Lee, the Litecoin creator, is known as one of the most honest developers in the cryptocurrency world. Indeed, he never shies away from any discussion on the hottest topics with the public. 

As we all know, Lee is not the biggest fan of the SegWit2x proposal. The man even has a particular tag in his nickcname on Twitter - [NO2X]. 

I am against Segwit2x hardfork in November due to 3 reasons: lack of urgent need, lack of replay protection, lack of consensus.

Charlie Lee
Litecoin creator

On October 27, Charlie Lee revealed that GBMiners, a major mining pool operator, has stopped signaling for the SegWit2x hard fork expected to occur in mid-November.

Former Coinbase executive considers this move to be the prove of the insolvency of SegWit2x. 

It is also noteworthy, that earlier this month, F2Pool and Slush Pool, stopped signaling for the SegWit2x hard fork as well. Now, they seem to be skyrocketing.

Pools' hashrate list
Pools' hashrate list

With the withdrawal of support from F2Pool and GBMiners, the hashrate support for the SegWit2x hard fork in November has declined from 83.28% to around 66%.

BTC Extortionists to Send Explosion Threats In US & CA

Police reported that explosive devices in the places specified by extortionists were not found
14 December 2018   79

In Canada and the United States, local businesses and residents received letters threatening to detonate a bomb if they did not send bitcoins to extortionists. Because of this, in some regions, law enforcement officers evacuated people from bus stations, schools and airports, reports Global News.

Extortionists threatened to blow up universities, schools, city halls and local businesses in the US states of Utah, Aidaxo, New York, Oklahoma and Illinois. The New York City Police Department urged residents not to panic or send bitcoins to criminals. Police also reported that explosive devices in the places specified by extortionists were not found.

In Canada, extortionists promised to blow up buildings and car dealerships in Toronto, Edmonton, Ottawa, Calgary and Montreal. Some residents of the attackers asked for a ransom in bitcoins in the amount of $ 20 thousand. After verification, the Calgary police stated that the messages were part of phishing attacks and did not pose a threat to the public.