New Restrictions for Crypto Mining considered in Quebec

Quebec is to continue examining applications after a number of new rules and restrictions have been instituted
08 June 2018   268

After being well-known as a crypto miners` hotspot for several months, the Canadian province of Quebec poised the acceptance for any new crypto mining projects on Thursday, June 6. The province can start the approval of new mining projects after it has taken the necessary period to consider placing restrictions on their operations and increase electricity rates. Quebec Energy Minister Pierre Moreau in his report claimed that the new rules are aimed to welcome only “the best among the [crypto mining] companies” to the province; Hydro-Québec Distribution President Eric Filion affirmed that the restrictions are to defend Quebec citizens from having to pay higher rates for the electricity they use.

As reported by Reuters, Quebec government started the suspension when the state-owned Hydro Quebec power plant had demanded that the province confined the general amount of power available to all crypto miners in the region to 500 megawatts; 17,000 megawatts were required by crypto miners for their purposes.

Hydro Quebec has also begged Quebec’s energy board to regard placing a premium on energy sold to cryptocurrency miners in order to grow the province’s profits. Applications for the establishment of mining rigs in Quebec from companies in China and other countries have increased after many of the world’s governments ran  placing restrictions on the amounts of electricity that crypto miners are let for using. Quebec’s availability of (mostly) sustainably-produced, inexpensive electricity joined  with its political stability has made this region a very attractive for foreign miners.

The suspension announcement follows just a week after Quebec lifted a prohibition that prevented energy firms from supplying crypto-mining operations with any electricity. The province’s government was reportedly disquieted that the ban went too far, and suppressed the growth of the crypto industry in Canada.

Chinese Hackers Mined $800k Worth Siacoin Hiddenly

According to the police, hackers in collusion with serving companies hacked 100,000 computers in Internet cafes in 30 Chinese cities
19 June 2018   119

In China, 16 people were arrested who earned $ 800,000 on the illegal mining of Siacoin cryptocurrency in the Internet cafes in dozens of Chinese cities, CoinDesk reports.

According to the police of Chinese Ruian (Zhejiang Province), hackers in collusion with serving companies hacked 100,000 computers in Internet cafes in 30 Chinese cities . Their income was 5 million yuan ($ 800,000).

Hackers used a malicious program that used the computing resources of infected devices to extract Siacoin crypto currency. Malicious software was sold to employees of computer maintenance companies who could download it to a PC in an Internet cafe during scheduled checks.

Suspicions arose in July 2017, when employees of Internet cafes in Ruyan noticed that their computers began to work very slowly. The CPU performance dropped by 70% even after the reboot.

Around the same time, the price of Siacoin according to CoinMarketCap grew by 400% from $ 0.002 in May to more than $ 0.01 in July. Accounts for utility services of Internet cafe Ruiana during this period also significantly increased. This caused their owners to contact the police.

Most Internet cafes in Ruian were served by one company. Its executive director was arrested in August last year, and disclosed information about hackers.