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Chinese Middle School Principals Expelled For Mining Ethereum (ETH) In School

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Two employees at a Chinese school, the principal and vice-principal, have reportedly been dismissed from their duties for mining Ether (ETH) on school property using the institution’s electricity and facilities.

The two principals are said to have secretly installed mining rigs at Puman Middle School in China’s Chenzhou, Hunan province, stealing the school’s power to mine the cryptocurrency.

Loud noise throughout school

Hong Kong-based news outlet HK01 reported on November 7, 2018, that trouble began when the school community began to complain about the increasingly higher levels of noise from the institution’s computers.

Slowing internet network

Apart from the higher than usual noise levels experienced day and night, including during school holidays, teachers also reported that the institution’s IT network had gradually and notably slowed.

Surging electricity costs

Also worrying was the school’s electricity consumption that had more or less doubled in recent months, beginning in early July as noted by the school’s general manager Lei Mou.

Approached for an explanation, the school’s leaders seemingly brushed it aside, saying that the noise and spiking energy consumption was due to excessive use of air conditioners.

Busted – teachers discover ETH miners

However, further investigations led to the discovery of mining rigs installed in one of the school’s classrooms. More information led to the revelation that it was the school principal, Lei Hua, and his deputy Wang Zhipeng, that had installed the mining machines.

The two had together set up a mining station comprising nine computers, all valued at around $7,000 and that they had been mining ethereum for over three months.

According to HK01, the principal originally thought to place the miners in the school’s dormitory. However, given that the output of the original set of ETH miners was too low, they decided to expand the operation, requiring a bigger room.

Expulsion and released from duties

The news outlet further reports that authorities have expelled the principal and had him relinquish his position both as the school’s principal and the Communist Party local branch secretary.

The deputy principal was warned, while a local disciplinary commission collected the monetary penalties imposed on the two principals.

Common crime

Cases of unauthorized use of institutional facilities or power supply to mine cryptocurrency have been on the rise. In 2017, authorities apprehended a former Federal Reserve employee accused of mining Bitcoin using servers at the U.S central bank. He was fined $5,000.

Earlier this year, Florida police arrested an employee of the state’s Department of Citrus for mining crypto using official computers.

Still in March this year, the office of the attorney general in the state of Louisiana said it had initiated a probe on a group of former workers suspected to have used facilities at the office to mine digital assets.

In October, a Chinese man was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison and fined for stealing electricity from a Railway station to mine Bitcoin.

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Source: https://xbt.net/blog/chinese-middle-school-principals-expelled-for-mining-ethereum-eth-in-school/

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PayPal and Visa Lead $300M Funding for Blockchain Capital

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Blockchain Capital remains a major tech backer in the DLT space with investments in numerous crypto and DLT projects.

Fund V with $300M Funding

According to a press release published on Monday (June 22, 2021), Blockchain Capital has closed funding for its Fund V LP. The capital raise reportedly drew participation from several high-profile backers including global payment giants Visa and PayPal.

Capped at $300 million, Blockchain Capital’s latest fund was oversubscribed likely pointing to the continued appetite for DLT-related funding despite the current crypto market downturn. Apart from Visa and PayPal, university endowments, hedge funds, family offices, and pension funds also participated in the capital raise.

Bart Stephens, co-founder and managing partner at Blockchain Capital commented on the closure of the fifth VC fund, stating:

“We are incredibly honored to welcome a world class group of investors into Fund V who appreciate the value of a firm dedicated to a single industry. As founders ourselves, we know how hard it is to build companies, protocols and, indeed, a whole new industry.”

Spokespersons for both Visa and PayPal stated that their support for Blockchain Capital was part of efforts to boost innovation in digital finance. According to Jose Fernandez da Ponte, vice president and general manager of blockchain, crypto and digital currencies at PayPal:


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“Investing in Blockchain Capital’s new fund allows us to engage with the entrepreneurs driving the future of the decentralized economy and the new wave of financial services.”

Serial Blockchain Backer

Blockchain Capital is a serial investor in the crypto and DLT space. The company’s portfolio of projects cuts across several facets of the emerging industry including United States-based exchange giants like Coinbase and Kraken.

Blockchain Capital’s investment portfolio also extends to the decentralized finance market arena, backing projects like Aave, UMA, and Nexus Mutual.

Since securing about $2 million in funding from Blockchain Capital and other investors back in May 2018, OpenSea has been able to attract additional investments, including a $23 million injection as reported by CryptoPotato back in March.

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Ethereum, MATIC, Solana Price Analysis: 22 June

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With a depreciation of 8.1% in 24 hours, the global crypto-market cap fell to 1.31 trillion at press time. Following Bitcoin’s footsteps, most altcoins in the market have been struggling within the bearish zone throughout the weekend. Ethereum and Solana, for instance, fell below their respective support levels. MATIC, on the contrary, while it moved south too, stayed above its support. 

Ethereum [ETH]

Ethereum failed to stay afloat above the $2,250 support level, with the alt trading at $1902 at press time. In case the coin doesn’t fall further, it could see resistance near $2055. The second-largest coin by market capitalization noted a decline of 27.2% over the past week. 

ETH’s charts pictured a bearish crossover on 15 June and despite the price recovering slightly on 20 June, the MACD’s histogram underlined bearish momentum. The Bollinger Bands diverged in the early hours of 21 June, meaning that there could be a hike in price volatility. 

The Chaikin Money Flow neared the equilibrium mark – A finding that predicted an even amount of capital outflows and inflows. Alas, at press time, capital outflows slightly exceeded inflows. 

MATIC

MATIC showed promising recovery from 12 June to 15 June post the crypto market crash. However, it failed to hold on to the same momentum and prices dipped soon after. Worth noting though that the alt had not breached its crucial support level of $1.04, unlike other altcoins, at the time of writing when MATIC was priced at $1.06. 

A slight dip in prices would mean that MATIC too would break past the $1.04 support level. The Bollinger Bands were observed to be diverging, a sign of steep price volatility in the near term.  

Finally, the MACD’s histogram gave bearish signals for the whole week while the Awesome Oscillator suggested that bearish momentum was building up. That being said, it did read a few scattered bullish trading sessions in between. 

Solana [SOL]

SOL breached its $31 support level in the last 24 hours and then broke past its $24 support level too. It was priced at $23.66, at the time of writing. The alt somehow had managed to recover briefly in the last 48 hours, however, it did see a decline of 24.1% soon after. 

The market has been seeing intense selling pressure over the last few days. At press time, the coin had fallen below the 30-mark on the Relative Strength Index, a development which meant that the alt had hit the oversold and undervalued zone. 

The Awesome Oscillator suggested that bearish momentum was continuing to build up on the charts. Finally, the widening of the Bollinger Bands projected a hike in price volatility. 


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ZkTube Partners With Mo Works to Expand Global Outreach

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ZkTube Partners With Mo Works to Expand Global Outreach

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ZkTube, a scaling solution built to offer safety, low gas fees, and optimal zero-knowledge proof mining, has announced a new partnership with Mo Works in a recent report, following a global expansion plan.

Mo Works is a Melbourne-based leading digital solution provider. Its collaboration with ZkTube happened after the company appointed Mo Works founder and director, Mo Hamdouna as their global marketing advisor.

Mo Works Backs ZkTube on Its Adventure For a Global Expansion

ZkTube seeks to scale and support blockchain transaction capacity and project while retaining the Defi performances of a distributed protocol. It is basically aimed at promoting the global market.

Following the partnership, Mo Works has agreed to bring its exclusive experience in the cryptocurrency industry to help kick the global growth of zkTube in an accelerating mode.

Considering the functionality of the partnering companies, the collaboration will cause an integration between both communities as Mo Works will begin to provide support for ZkTube’s launch of strategic community engagement programs. Thereby, enriching and exploring the performances of both companies all around the globe.

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Mo Hamdouna expressed excitements on his new appointment saying; 

“zkTube has a sophisticated, intelligent, and experienced team who will be disrupting the blockchain payment network industry with a technology solution that offers excellent safety, low gas fee, and optimal POS mining. I am very happy to work with their team on their project and look forward to a great year launching their solution.”

ZkTube’s aim to join efforts with Mo Works to raise a global community that will fully facilitate ZkTube’s marketing strategy and expansion plans towards the global launch is becoming a reality.

The founder of ZkTube affirmed this saying;

“the strategic partnership of Mo Works and zkTube will be instrumental in the overall development of the global marketing. But, more importantly, with Mo Works, our partnership will allow us to widen our community globally.”

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