Rebuttal: GBMiners denies leaving SegWit2x agreement

GBMiners, India’s largest Bitcoin mining pool operator, clarifies the SegWit2x agreement leaing information
31 October 2017   824

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.

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   90

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.