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Iran Continues Crackdown on Illegal Crypto Mining, Seizes Hundreds of Mining Rigs – Mining Bitcoin News

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Authorities in Iran persist with their efforts to curb unauthorized cryptocurrency mining. The state-run power distribution company has recently identified over a dozen underground crypto farms in Tehran and other regions, unplugging hundreds of mining units illegally connected to the grid.

Power Utility Busts 14 Crypto Farms in Homes Across Iran

The Iranian government continues to crack down on unlicensed crypto mining operations. The state-owned Iran Power Generation, Distribution and Transmission Company, Tavanir, has confiscated 227 mining rigs last week. Its employees found the devices in 14 illegal cryptocurrency farms set up by households in different parts of the country.

The mining machines were found in homes during inspections carried out by Tavanir, the utility announced, quoted by Ibena news agency and the English-language business daily Financial Tribune. The coin minting facilities were discovered in the provinces of Tehran, East Azerbaijan, Isfahan, and Khuzestan, the reports unveiled.

Cryptocurrency mining has become a popular source of additional income for a growing number of Iranians. The government legalized the activity in 2019. Entities who would like to operate coin minting data centers need to obtain a permit from the Ministry of Industries and over 50 companies have already done so.

While registered mining businesses are required to pay for the power they use at higher, export rates, private consumers in Iran have access to subsidized household electricity. The available cheap energy and the rising prices of cryptocurrencies in the past year have led to illegal mining farms cropping up across the Islamic Republic.

Both authorized and underground crypto miners have been largely blamed for electricity shortages this summer, when the extraordinarily hot weather increased power demand. In May, authorities imposed a temporary ban on all cryptocurrency mining to reduce the power deficit. Then, in August, Tavanir announced it would lift the restrictions for licensed miners on Sept. 22 when temperatures began to drop.

The power company seizes all the equipment from illegal miners and the prosecutor-general’s office recently banned the release of confiscated hardware until the Iranian parliament decides how to treat unregistered crypto farms and their operators. So far, Tavanir has taken hold of 221,390 mining devices and shut down 5,756 illegal mining facilities. Their owners face fines for damages inflicted on the national distribution network.

According to official estimates provided by the Iranian power utility, crypto farms authorized by the Industries Ministry currently consume around 400 megawatts (MW) of electricity. At the same time, unlicensed miners have been accused of burning almost 2,000 MW daily.

Tavanir has warned about possible power cuts during the winter months when electricity demand increases again amid an ongoing pressure exerted on the national grid by illegal mining operations. “Rising demand for electricity by unauthorized crypto miners is likely to cause blackouts this winter when gas consumption too is at peak as happened in summer,” the company explained. It also complained that current penalties are not tough enough to discourage illegal miners and called for stricter measures.

Do you think Iranian authorities will manage to limit unauthorized mining? Share your thoughts on the subject in the comments section below.

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EU Data Act Proposes Shutdown Function for Smart Contracts – Regulation Bitcoin News

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The European Union has published its new Data Act, a law proposal that aims to regulate the generation and handling of data by the actors that harness it. The act, in its large scope, touches on the subject of smart contracts and proposes that every smart contract should have a termination function to stop the flow of transactions when required.

Smart Contracts Might Be Stifled by EU Data Act

The newly proposed EU Data Act, published on February 23, aims to regulate and control the ways in which data is being generated, bringing legal clarity to the data market in Europe. According to a press release, the new Data act seeks to “ensure fairness in the digital environment, stimulate a competitive data market, open opportunities for data-driven innovation and make data more accessible for all.”

However, due to its large scope, this new act touches the subject of smart contracts, which are pieces of software designed to execute certain tasks based on data inputs. The document, in its article 30, titled “essential requirements regarding smart contracts for data sharing,” defines the requirements that smart contracts must fulfill to be deployed in conformity with EU laws.

One of these requirements, called “safe termination and interruption,” states that approved smart contracts shall:

…include internal functions which can reset or instruct the contract to stop or interrupt the operation to avoid future (accidental) executions.

Another requirement for smart contracts to be validated by the EU includes the ability to audit the contracts, with the possibility of obtaining a record of the transactions made in the past by the software.


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The proposal of interruptible smart contracts and the standardization of these smart contracts to the new requirements imposed by the Data Act were received negatively by some analysts, who criticized the scope and the applicability of the document. This is the case with Thibault Schrepel, Associate Professor of Law at VU Amsterdam, who stated:

Now, this is absolutely huge/controversial. It imposes smart contracts (that make data available) to be stoppable. So… basically, all oracles *shall* be redesigned (but how?), or else they will infringe the law.

Schrepel further stated that the approval of this act would make millions of online smart contracts illegal in the proposed jurisdiction, with no way of adapting them to the requirements presented in the document.

The EU has had its sights on cryptocurrencies recently, with some of its countries lobbying for the creation of a crypto AML watchdog in the region, according to reports.

What do you think about the Data Act and its requirements when it comes to smart contracts? Tell us in the comments section below.

 

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South African Mobile Network Operator MTN Buys Land in the Metaverse – Bitcoin News

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Mobile network operator MTN recently staked claim to its status as one of the first South African companies to enter the metaverse, after it purchased 144 plots of digital land in the virtual world Ubuntuland for an undisclosed amount.

MTN Seeks to ‘Amplify Consumers’ Digital Experiences’

South Africa’s mobile network operator, MTN, recently bought 144 plots of digital land in the Ubuntuland metaverse, a report has said. The purchase reportedly makes MTN one of the first companies from South Africa to enter the metaverse.

As the Mybroadband report explained, MTN now owns 144 plots with an area of 12 square meters.

Commending the company’s pivot to the metaverse, MTN’s group executive for marketing, Bernice Samuels, is quoted explaining how this dovetails with its Ambition 2025 strategy. The executive said:

This is exactly what our Ambition 2025 strategy is premised on — leveraging trends that amplify consumers’ digital experiences and engagement. We have always been at the forefront of technological and digital changes and we remain alive to the exciting opportunities the metaverse presents for us and our customers.

The mobile network operator added that its presence in the metaverse demonstrates its support for African innovation.

Also, through this presence in the metaverse, MTN will attempt to increase what the report calls its customer attractiveness. This will be done via a series of experiences that are merged with consumer passion points like gaming and music, the report explained.

What are your thoughts on this story? You can share your views in the comments section below.

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Starlink Terminals Arrive in Ukraine as Elon Musk Makes Good on Promise – Bitcoin News

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Spacex has managed to deliver Starlink equipment to Ukraine as promised by its founder, Elon Musk. The hardware will provide access to high-speed internet for users in the country, which has been experiencing disruptions in communications as a result of Russia’s military invasion.

Ukrainians Get Starlink Internet Amid Ongoing Russian Offensive

Ukraine has received a batch of terminals needed to connect to the satellite internet constellation Starlink. The network is operated by Spacex, the aerospace manufacturer founded and managed by U.S. tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, and offers high-speed broadband internet across the globe.

The arrival was announced by Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine’s deputy prime minister and minister of digital transformation. “Starlink — here. Thanks, @elonmusk,” the Kyiv official tweeted on Monday, posting a photo of a truck full of antennas and routers used to connect to the satellites.

On Saturday, Fedorov took to Twitter to ask the billionaire to provide Ukraine with Starlink stations. The call was issued after media reports revealed that the internet monitor Netblocks had registered “significant disruptions to internet service” in the country since the launch of the Russian military assault on Feb. 24.

“Starlink service is now active in Ukraine. More terminals en route,” Musk replied within hours. “Starlink terminals are coming to Ukraine!” the Ukrainian minister confirmed later, thanking Elon Musk and others supporting his country.

Ukrainian reports on social media have indicated that Starlink equipment is already working in the capital Kyiv. According to a tweet by software and communications engineer Oleg Kutkov, the internet connection’s top speed has exceeded 200 Mbps at some point.

Since the beginning of the Russian military offensive, Ukrainian officials have issued numerous calls for help from the international community. To support its defense and other efforts, the government of the East European nation started accepting donations in various cryptocurrencies.

Russian forces have been advancing from multiple directions, threatening to cut off major urban centers, including the capital Kyiv and Ukraine’s second largest city, Kharkiv. Problems with communication are likely to grow and affect many industries, including the crypto sector which Ukraine has been trying to regulate. Starlink notes on its website that the service is suited for areas with unreliable or unavailable connectivity.

You can support Ukrainian families, children, refugees, and displaced people by donating BTC, ETH, and BNB to Binance Charity’s Ukraine Emergency Relief Fund.

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Do you think Ukrainian businesses, including crypto companies, will benefit from the availability of the Starlink service? Tell us in the comments section below.

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