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Big Bitcoin Mining Pools Losing Control as “Unknown” Miners Take Profit

  • Darryn Pollock
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    Bitcoin mining is slowly moving away from the big mining pools, like Bitmain, and ‘unknown’ miners are starting to come in to grab profits


Big Bitcoin Mining Pools Losing Control as “Unknown” Miners Take Profit
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Part of the appeal of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies is that their design allows for a decentralised network based on a large network of miners. But in recent times, major mining pools have taken control of the mining arena, limiting the decentralised nature of the cryptocurrency, and making mining unfavourable and unprofitable for the everyday miner.

But there is a change in the air as the major pools, like Bitmain and others, are starting to lose their grip with a surge of “unknown miners” now helping decentralise the cryptocurrency further in what could be a return to profitability for individual miners.

Research has shown that the likes Antpool, BTC.com, and ViaBTC are now validating far less Bitcoin blocks than this time last year. Rather, there is an emerging group of “unknown” or untied miners that are currently validating more blocks than any individual pool.


This group of “unknown miners” could well be individuals flexing their own muscle as they look to profit from the fall in difficulty that has been seen over the past few months in the Bitcoin mining algorithm.

Who is in charge?

Blockchain research unit Diar has published new data that shows the control once held by major mining pools is waning, and is likely being overtaken by the more casual miner. Anonymous, and unknown miners, not tied to any pools, are now finding profit in mining the major cryptocurrency.

Who is in charge?

“Unknown miners closed December having solved a whopping 22 percent of the total blocks, up from 6 [percent] at the start of last year,” reported Diar. “The Bitcoin network is currently less likely to experience an attack given the fact the BTC.com controlled pools have lost dominance over the network.”

Protecting against attack

Not only is it that the casual miner could be profiting from Bitcoin mining again, it is helping accentuate the decentralisation of Bitcoin by diluting the power held by a single mining pool.

It is well known that if a blockchain is controlled by more than 51 percent by one miner or mining pool, that blockchain becomes the target of a 51% attack, which can have devastating outcomes for the cryptocurrency.

Bitcoin has been under threat of a 51 percent attack in the past because of the mining monopoly of Bitmain, but it has never come to fruition, and now, it cannot currently.

Diar reports that in early 2018, Bitmain’s mining pools accounted for 53 percent of Bitcoin’s hash power. Theoretically, this would have allowed them to collude to take control of Bitcoin with a 51 percent attack.

This reduction in their influence is positive for those wary of such an attack. Recently, Ethereum Classic suffered such an attack that led to $1.1 million being stolen from cryptocurrency exchanges.

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XRP Price Surging in Bullish Trend: Did Forbes 50 List Boost Ripple to Be Taken Seriously?

  • Jack Thomas
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    XRP is seeing some good gains, but could it be because Forbes has listed it among other major billion dollar companies in blockchain?


XRP Price Surging in Bullish Trend: Did Forbes 50 List Boost Ripple to Be Taken Seriously?
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Ripple, and its XRP token, have always had a hard time being taken seriously by the Bitcoin maximalists and other ‘true’ crypto aficionados. The company has been focused on partnering with banks, which has been for a long time the scourge of the crypto market.

However, there has been a change in the sentiment around cryptocurrency and blockchain, with media houses like Forbes calling 2019 the year of enterprise blockchain, and one of rebuilding after the speculative boom and bust in 2017/2018.


Forbes has now produced a prestigious list of 50 enterprise business valued over $1 billion that are doing good things with blockchain and crypto, and Ripple is one of the few startups that are on the list. Ripple finds itself in the company of businesses like Microsoft, IBM, BP, Amazon and other multinational conglomerates.

A reputation boost?

So, while XRP and Ripple have been mostly viewed with suspicion within the cryptocurrency community, it could be that their appearance to the mainstream through the lense of Forbes is a lot better and brighter.

The blockchain list by Forbes is intended to inform about how much enterprise use of blockchain is actually going on from major companies, and some companies many would never have thought were involved in the technology.

There is no doubt that it is a boost for the technology underpinning cryptocurrency, but it would seem that even the XRP token is receiving a boost from this unearthing of institutionalised interest.

Price prediction?

This legitimizing boost has been reflected in XRP’s increase in value of over six percent, but looking ahead, it appears as though there is chance for a bigger boom.

This upwards move firmly established XRP’s support level around $0.32, so one analyst believes that it may continue surging towards $0.48 in the near-future.

Ryan W, a popular cryptocurrency analyst, spoke about this possibility in a recent tweet, noting that XRP does face resistance levels at $0.38, $0.44, and $0.50, but also explaining that he expects the crypto to garner enough upwards momentum to break above at least two of these resistance levels with a price target set at $0.48.

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