Engadget: New York’s crypto mining restrictions are the first in the nation

Engadget: New York’s crypto mining restrictions are the first in the nation. “The environment-focused law establishes a two-year freeze on new and renewed air permits for fossil fuel power plants used for mining that uses demanding ‘proof-of-work’ authentication. The Department of Environmental Conservation will also have to study if and how crypto mining hurts the government’s climate change mitigation efforts.”

The Register: That ‘clean’ Google Translate app is actually Windows crypto-mining malware

The Register: That ‘clean’ Google Translate app is actually Windows crypto-mining malware . “Watch out: someone is spreading cryptocurrency-mining malware disguised as legitimate-looking applications, such as Google Translate, on free software download sites and through Google searches. The cryptomining Trojan, known as Nitrokod, is typically disguised as a clean Windows app and works as the user expects for days or weeks before its hidden Monero-crafting code is executed.”

A neighborhood’s cryptocurrency mine: ‘Like a jet that never leaves’ (Washington Post)

Washington Post: A neighborhood’s cryptocurrency mine: ‘Like a jet that never leaves’. ” It’s midnight, and a jet-like roar is rumbling up the slopes of Poor House Mountain. Except there are no planes overhead, and the nearest commercial airport is 80 miles away. The sound is coming from a cluster of sheds at the base of the mountain housing a cryptocurrency data center, operated by the San Francisco-based firm PrimeBlock. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, powerful computers perform the complex computations needed to ‘mine,’ or create, digital currencies. And those noise-generating computers are kept cool by huge fans.”

Slashgear: Why The Crypto Crash Is Great News For Gamers

Slashgear: Why The Crypto Crash Is Great News For Gamers. “Crypto miners, who keep the blockchain going and receive cryptocurrency as a reward for their efforts, have also seen profits tank. Some of them are now making less than a dollar a day once costs are factored in, and may not see the point of continuing in the current climate … which is fantastic news for the PC gaming community.”

Washington Post: Google disrupted a massive botnet that hackers used to steal information and mine cryptocurrency

Washington Post: Google disrupted a massive botnet that hackers used to steal information and mine cryptocurrency. “Google is suing two Russia-based individuals it alleges are behind a massive network of infected computers that have been used for crimes ranging from the theft of personal information to secretly mining bitcoin on the computers of unsuspecting hacking victims.”

Opelika-Auburn News: Two Auburn teens figure out how to convert unused computing power into charitable donations

Opelika-Auburn News: Two Auburn teens figure out how to convert unused computing power into charitable donations. “John Stanwick, a senior at Auburn High School, and Camp Steiner, an Auburn High alumnus who graduated last year, are doing their part to help save the environment with the help of Charitas.co, a nonprofit company and computer program they created that uses cryptocurrency to fund nonprofits around the world.”

TechCrunch: Mozilla adds fingerprinting and cryptocurrency mining protection to Firefox

TechCrunch: Mozilla adds fingerprinting and cryptocurrency mining protection to Firefox. “Mozilla is adding a new feature to protect you against web annoyances in future releases of Firefox. The new feature is currently available in the beta version of Firefox 67, and the nightly version of Firefox 68. They will be available in the stable release of Firefox in a few weeks.”