Kazakhstan Teaches Bitcoin Miners a Lesson as Chaos Affects BTC Hashrate
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Kazakhstan has been plunged into a political and social maelstrom that could rock the world of Bitcoin (BTC) – as unrest over escalating fuel prices saw Kazakhtelecom, the national communications provider, pulled the plug on much of the country’s internet, reminding Bitcoin miners to secure alternative ways to access the internet.
The nation is estimated to be responsible for around a fifth of the global BTC hashrate – and international bitcoiners have rued the fact that a “sovereign internet” appears to be as far off as ever, with internet service providers (ISPs) still playing a key role in the crypto sphere.
Bitcoin hashrate this week:
“Bitcoin miners should design their operations to be unaffected by the extreme measures governments will take to limit the spread of freedom in the form of information. Don’t have single points of failure when it comes to delivering valid hashes to the rest of the network. Find those hashes and then send them via massive ISPs, private ISPs, Satellite, short wave radio, Ham radio, and mesh networks,” Bitcoiner and podcaster Marty Bent stressed.
Blockstream’s Samson Mow, however, also reminded that there were existing tech solutions that could help miners avoid trouble in the event of future power outages.