Hash Wars: Mining Operation OrcaPool Launches to Defend Altcoins and Forks From ‘Attackers’

A new mining operation dubbed “OrcaPool” has recently been launched, with the goal of defending altcoins and forked coins from attackers who may attempt to pull 51% attacks on them. Specifically, the pool appears to be a response to SharkPool.

At the time of Bitcoin Cash’s hard fork last year, a new cryptocurrency mining pool, SharkPool, was launched. The pool, founded by Bitcoin Satoshi’s Vision (BSV) supporter Ari Kuqi, threatened to annihilate “alts who dare bearing the Bitcoin name,” and specifically named Bitcoin Gold, Bitcoin Diamond, and Bitcoin Private.

SharkPool’s plan to annihilate cryptocurrencies is to dominate their hashrate to then start mining empty blocks on their chains. This stops transactions from going through, which over a long period of time creates a significant transaction backlog, making their network useless. The second part sees it sell the rewards it gets from those blocks for BSV, pushing its price up and putting selling pressure on the attacked crypto.

So far, SharkPool has seemingly attacked BCH’s testnet forcing it to add additional security resources, and Bitcoin Private’s (BTCP) mainnet, forcing cryptocurrency exchanges to require 1,500 network confirmations on transactions.

Speaking to CryptoGlobe, Kuqi revealed that behind SharkPool’s ideology is Nakamoto Consensus. Per his words, nothing the pool does is “illegal,” as it “obeys all laws and regulations.” He added “miners execute their executive power by voting with their hash, building on a block or orphaning it.”

At the time Kuqi, the founder of Cashpay Solutions, also noted it doesn’t matter whether Craig Wright is indeed Satoshi Nakamoto, as SharkPool “fights for sound and stable money.” The pool has over the past few months been recruiting miners.

Now OrcaPool, on Twitter, has revealed its goal is to counter SharkPool’s activities, and that it’s also recruiting miners to join its resources. Its website explains the Orca was chosen as it’s a natural predator of the shark.

The new pool is reportedly going to sell the rewards of blocks it mines for bitcoin. So far, the war between the two pools has seemingly only been occurring on social media. SharkPool, reacting to the competitor, stated:

As onlookers piled on, OrcaPool pushed back:

Russia Will Not Legalize Facebook's Libra Says Top Official

A top Moscow official has said that Facebook's planned new cryptocurrency Libra will not be legalized Russia, according to a report this week from Russia's state-run news agency TASS.

Anatoly Aksakov, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Financial Markets, said Russia would not legalise the Libra stablecoin, due for launch next year, as it may pose a threat to the country's financial system.

No Russian Liberty for Libra

While Aksakov acknowledged Russians would be able to buy Libra on international cryptocurrency exchange platforms, he warned that the creation of any domestic mechanisms of exchange would be limited, or even prohibited.

TASS quoted Aksakov as saying:

With regard to the use of Facebook cryptocurrency as a payment instrument in Russia at this stage - my opinion is that in our country it will be banned.

He added that in Russia there were no plans to adopt legislation that "gives space for active use of crypto-tools created in the framework of open platforms and blockchains" that may pose a threat to Russia's financial system.

International Ministers Speak Out

Aksakov is not the first financial minister to express concerns over Facebook's cryptocurrency plans and their potential to damage sovereign currency markets and financial stability.

On Tuesday, French economy minister Bruno Le Maire, said that global governments must ask Facebook for "guarantees" that Libra will not be aimed as a disruptive force against sovereign currencies.

Facebook's plans have US government and regulatory officials so rattled that a Senate hearing by the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee has been scheduled for July 16. The government has asked Facebook to halt work on the project until the hearings have been held.

Sherrod Brown, senior Senator for Ohio and the Democratic Party's ranking member of the Senate Banking Committee, said on his Twitter feed on Tuesday: "Facebook is already too big and too powerful, and it has used that power to exploit users’ data without protecting their privacy. We cannot allow Facebook to run a risky new cryptocurrency out of a Swiss bank account without oversight."

While Aksakov has major concerns about the growth of the cryptocurrency sector, Deputy Finance Minister Alexei Moiseev said on Wednesday that the Russian government was set to adopt the country's crypto bill "On Digital Financial Assets" in the next two weeks.