On Tuesday privateness coin Monero (XMR) mining pool MineXMR’s hash price surpassed over 1.4 GH/s, accounting for 44% of the hash price of the XMR community. MineXMR has about 13,000 miners and costs a 1% pool payment. In response to a screenshot from Archive.org, final August, the pool solely contributed to 34% of the hash price of the XMR community.
The speedy rise in hash price community has spooked some XMR fanatics, with Reddit consumer u/vscmm writing:
“We have to discuss with MineXMR to take some motion proper now! Please ship an electronic mail for [email protected] to MineXMR admins to take motion; a 51% pool shouldn’t be in the very best curiosity of the group or the pool.”
If a 51% assault have been to happen, the dangerous actors concerned may doubtlessly overturn community transactions to double-spend contributors’ crypto. Nonetheless, provided that Monero obfuscates the id of the sender and recipient via stealth addresses and ring signatures, hackers’ capabilities on this case can be way more restricted. Theoretically, they might solely use such assaults to mine empty blocks or double-spend their very own XMR by promoting it to an trade then publishing an alternate ledger.
Reddit customers identified that MineXMR publicly discloses the situation of its company places of work, that are situated within the U.Okay. Conducting 51% associated denial of service and fraud assaults would possible carry legal penalties in mentioned nation. Even when a mining pool have been to build up over 51% of a community’s hash price, this could solely compromise a blockchain’s operations if the entity had ulterior motives for doing so.