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Kosovar government halts crypto mining amid power crisis

The government of Kosovo has ceased crypto mining in the country owing to power constraints during the winter season.Kosovo’s minister of Economy, Artane Rizvanolli, has decided to stop crypto mining following a recommendation from the Technical Committee on “Emergency Measures for Energy Supply,” according to a report by local outlet Gazeta Express.The report notes that the government made the decision after Kosovo’s power supply fell below the stipulated level, and it began to impose electricity cuts during peak usage periods.According to Rizvanolli, the government decided to establish a technical committee to evaluate emergency energy supply strategies in response to the situation. Based on the committee’s recommendations last week, the government decided to take emergency measures, including halting crypto mining throughout Kosovo’s borders.The report noted that law enforcement agencies are set to step in to halt the production of crypto currencies, and work to identify locations where such operations take place. The minister said:“These actions are aimed at addressing potential unexpected or long term lack of electricity production capacities, capacities of transmission or distribution of energy in order to overcome the energy crisis without further burdening the citizens of the Republic of Kosovo.”As a consequence of low domestic production and exorbitant energy import charges, Kosovo’s energy distribution firm KEDS announced that power outages would be implemented across the country on Dec. 22. Bitcoin mining is known to consume a lot of power, with one recent report claiming that Bitcoin consumes eight times more energy than Google and Facebook combined.In recent months, several nations have expressed concern about mining-related power outages, including Iran and Kazakhstan.Related: Iran pauses electricity exports due to crypto mining and hot summerMeanwhile, following the capitulation of Chinese miners triggered by the country’s crypto ban announced in September, retail cryptocurrency mining in Thailand appears to be flourishing. As reported by Cointelegraph, Thai entrepreneurs and cryptocurrency enterprises have been taking advantage of Chinese miners’ getting rid of their mining equipment.

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Bent Finance confirms pool exploit, advises investors to withdraw funds

Staking and farming platform Bent Finance joins the list to become the sixth crypto establishment to get hacked in December. The acknowledgment of the attack was followed by requesting investors to withdraw their pool funds and disabling the reward claims on the compromised platform. Bent Finance first realized the exploit on Monday at roughly 8:55 PM EST, a timeline when the company reported no loss of funds. However, the community suspected a rug-pull event when blockchain investigator PeckShield allegedly located the source of the hack transactions.We have located the hack tx, which interestingly is sent from the Bent Finance: Deployer @BENT_Finance !!! What is going on?! https://t.co/3L4F1gcNYJ— PeckShield Inc. (@peckshield) December 21, 2021“Yes, we see the same and are working through it right now,” said Bent Finance as the team appointed two independent white hat developers to get a better understanding of the unfolding situation. The company confirmed soon after:1/ There was an exploit from the bent deployer address, it added balance of cvxcrv and mim to an address on an unvierifed update 20 days ago. We just discovered this today. There are multiple members on this team and we will make this right.— Bent Finance (@BENT_Finance) December 21, 2021

Bent Finance continues to advise its pool investors to withdraw the funds until the exploit is addressed with every update. However, the company has confirmed to recover all stolen funds from the Bent curve pool:“We recommend you withdraw from the protocol until further notice. We are not going anywhere and will recover from this one way or another.”According to crypto fraud investigator and former member of the US Secret Service Joe McGill of TRM Labs, the attackers managed to steal approximately 440 Ethereum (ETH), worth more than $1.6 million at the time of writing. McGill’s investigations hinted that the attack has been ongoing since Dec. 12, which contradicts Bent Finance’s finding that suspects the attacker’s presence over the network since Dec. 1. In December alone, five crypto companies — including Grim Finance, BitMart and AscendEX — cumulatively lost over $600 million as a direct result of a successful hack. However, further investigations are underway to identify the losses from the Bent Finance exploit.Bent Finance has not yet responded to Cointelegraph’s request for comment. Related: Indian prime minister Modi’s hacked Twitter account attempts BTC scamRunning parallel to the ongoing exploits on crypto businesses, December was also a witness to a momentary compromise of Modi’s Twitter account, which was used to spread misinformation about Bitcoin’s (BTC) mainstream adoption in India. As Cointelegraph reported, hackers from unknown origins took control of the prime minister’s account on Dec. 12 with over 73.4 million followers to declare BTC as a legal tender in addition to announcing a 500 BTC giveaway for the Indian citizens.

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