Rebuttal: GBMiners denies leaving SegWit2x agreement

GBMiners, India’s largest Bitcoin mining pool operator, clarifies the SegWit2x agreement leaing information
31 October 2017   324

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

Now the company clarifies that it has not pulled out from the SegWit2x (NYA) agreement. In particular, the GBMiners team explains that its mining pool briefly stopped signaling for SegWit2x because it had been testing for a few upgrades. 

We are testing for few upgrades. We haven’t pulled out of NYA.
 

GBMiners team

Thus, the information provided by Litecoin creator turned out to be not quite true. However, GBMiners only accounts for a small percentage of the global Bitcoin hashrate (at around 2.5%), while other major mining pools like F2Pool, which accounts for 14% of the Bitcoin hashrate, has pulled out of the SegWIt2x agreement.

As shown, the hash power of pools that have pulled out of the agreement has increased massively in the past week.

First real-life cryptocurrency robbery reported in Taiwan

Four men stole 5 million Taiwanese dollar worth of Bitcoin, the police has already arrested the suspects
22 February 2018   57

Bitcoin has attracted lots of unwanted attention from hackers and scammers alike. Recently not a week passes without news of an exchange or user being hacked or some company's computers being hijacked to mine cryptocurrency. And now Taiwanese news outlets report first real-life robbery of Bitcoin in their country.

The robbery took place in Taichung, Taiwan's central city. The police reports three men being involved in the robbery itself and one as a planner. Criminals persuaded the victim to meet with them face-to-face under the guise of being interested in buying Bitcoin from him. After the victim showed the robbers the proof of his bitcoins on his phone, the men attacked him and his friend and transferred 18 bitcoins worth 5 million Taiwanese dollar via the phone wallet.

The suspects then forced the unfortunate seller to drink strong local liquor to make everything look like a drunken fight had taken place. The police arrived at the scene after receiving the reports of a fight and found two victims. Two of the offenders had fled, but the third has been arrested at the scene of the crime. He later provided investigation with information about his accomplices. They were arrested soon after.

The police later apprehended the man believed to be the mastermind behind the plan. All this was released in the yesterday's report by the Taiwanese law enforcement and the case is already viewed as “the first domestic case of bitcoin robbery”. The report doesn't mention if the crypto was returned to the rightful owner.

Similar cases has been rumored to happen in the US, but no records are released as of yet. So the unofficial governmental advice is to be more cautious of the buyers requesting face to face meetings in the light of this event.