Verge Crashes After Suffering Mining Attack

The attack was possible due to several bugs in the XVG code, which were exploited by mining blocks with a fake timestamp
05 April 2018   810

As it is stated on the official website of the coin, Verge is a cryptocurrency designed for people and for everyday use, which aims to fulfill its initial purpose of providing individuals and businesses with a fast, efficient and decentralized way of making direct transactions while maintaining your privacy. However, the hackers did not find Verge fast enough and decided to increase the speed of blocks creation by conducting a mining attack.

As it was reported on Bitcointalk forum, April 4 was marked by a >51% attack on XVG which exploited a bug in retargeting in the XVG code. The attack was possible due to several bugs in the XVG code, which were exploited by mining blocks with a spoofed timestamp. The false timestamp was set to the blocks, and XVG "thought" the last block mined was one second ago. Basically, the hacker managed to mine one block per second.

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The story did not finish on April 4, as on April 5 the attacker started again and mined about 12k blocks. The attacker started the new attack at around block 2014060 and stopped at block 2026196. According to the information from news, Verge claimed that around 250,000 XVG were stolen by the rogue miner, but dissenters have claimed that as many as 3.9 million coins may have been taken.

As of now, the price of Verge feel down 14,57% and continues to decrease. The market capitalization of the coin dropped from $1 billion to $845 million just in 24 hours.

Bitfury to Represent Bitcoin Mining Optimization Chip

The product is called Bitfury Clarke ASIC and it's based on five successful generations of mining chips
20 September 2018   122

Bitfury Group introduced a new generation of hardware for bitcoin mining under the control of the integrated microcircuit Bitfury Clarke ASIC.

Five successful generations of Bitfury mining chips are the basis for new Bitfury Clarke ASIC. According to the developers, the new chip has the highest performance characteristics among the bitcoin mining hardware.

14nm Bitfury Clarke ASIC is fully optimized for Bitcoin Mining on SHA256. The hashing capacity is up to 120 Gigahets per second (GH / s) with energy costs of only 55 miljoules per gigahash (mJ / GH). The minimum required mains voltage is 0.3 V.

In addition to selling Bitfury Clarke chips, Bitfury also integrates Bitfury Clarke into other hardware, including its own servers for mining and BlockBoxes, as well as in the mining centers in Canada, Norway, Iceland and Georgia.