A planned Monero hard fork is to happen sooner due to an increased hashrate.
As reported by coindesk.com, the hard fork originally planned for September 21st, is now likely to occur on September 16th. The question of whether to adjust the block number to prevent a premature fork was addressed at the developer meeting. Thus, the developers have decided to change the hard fork schedule.
As detailed, the hard fork is to introduce the mandatory use of so-called "ring confidential transactions" (RingCTs) on the network, though the majority of Monero users are already utilizing the currently optional technology.
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At the time of writing, Monero occupies the eighth position in the list of cryptocurrencies by market capitalization, which currently stands at $1.72 billion and its token is worth about $114.