Bitmain’s First Batch of Bitcoin Miners Antminer S17e and T17e Instantly Sells Out

Siamak Masnavi

Two new models of Bitmain's Antminer 17 series of miners-Antminer S17e and Antminer T17e-that were announced on September 6, had their first batch sell out almost instantly. Batches two and three are due to go on sale on September 10 and September 11 respectively.

Chinese semiconductor company Bitmain Technology Holding Company (“Bitmain”), which is best known for its ASIC-based Bitcoin (SHA256) miners, was founded in 2013, and is headquartered in Beijing, People's Republic of China, with R&D centers in Hong Kong, Singapore, and the U.S.

On September 6, Bitmain published a blog post in which it provided the specifications for these two new Bitcoin miners and stated when/how they would be sold on its website.

According to Bitmain's blog post, the Antminer S17e has "a hash rate of 64 TH/s and operates with a power efficiency of 45 J/TH," while the T17e offers "a hash rate of 53 TH/s and a power efficiency of 55 J/TH." 

Both models support the SHA-256 cryptographic hash algorithm, which means that they can be used for mining both Bitcoin (BTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH).

Bitmain says that "significant improvements to power efficiency and hash rate have been achieved from Bitmain’s comprehensive strength accumulated over the years in the field and relentless technological innovation."

It also says that these two models have been built for "more stable operations in the long-term to reduce maintenance costs for customers," something made possible "through the dual tube heat dissipation technology which improves how efficiently heat dissipates." Apparently, both models are also "equipped with a more secure software system to prevent malicious attacks."

Furthermore, Bitmain says that if any mining machines that you order are not shipped out to you "after a certain period of the specified delivery date," you will get compensated by "coupons for each day of delay, based on PPS rewards of the mining pool (electricity cost deducted)."

The first batch of Antminer S17e ($2,784) and Antminer T17e ($1,665), which will be delivered 1–10 November 2019, were released for sale at 19:00 (UTC + 08:00) on September 9, and almost instantly were sold out.

Batch two is expected to be delivered 11–20 November 2019; it will go on sale at 19:00 (UTC + 08:00) on September 10. 

Batch three is expected to be delivered 21–30 November 2019; it will go on sale at 19:00 (UTC + 08:00) on September 11.

Featured Image Courtesy of Bitmain Technology Holding Company

Hackers Try to Sell Data of 142 Million MGM Hotel Guests for Bitcoin or Monero

Hackers are trying to sell the data of 142 million MGM hotel guests on the dark web for about $2,900 worth of cryptocurrency, payable in either bitcoin or monero (XMR).

According to ZDNet, the data comes from a 2019 data breach that MGM Resorts (NYSE: MGM) that was initially believed to have only affected 10.6 million MGM hotel guests, as the hackers published a free sample of the data available for download.

The new finding, that a total of 142,479,937 hotel guests had their data stolen by a hacker, was discovered after a hacker published an ad to sell the data on a darknet market. The hacker claims to have gotten to the data after breaching data leak monitoring service DataViper, which is operated by Night Lion Security.

The founder of Night Lion Security, Vinny Troia, reportedly told ZDNet the firm never owned a copy of MGM’s full database, and that the hackers were trying to ruin its reputation with their claims. While MGM Resorts learned of the security breach last year, it did not make it public and instead just notified impacted customers.

Speaking to ZDNet, an MGM spokesperson said:

MGM Resorts was aware of the scope of this previously reported incident from last summer and has already addressed the situation

The spokesperson also added that the majority of data consisted of “contract information like names, postal addresses, and email addresses.”  Social Security numbers, reservation data, and other financial information was not leaked, according to MGM.

Irina Nesterovsky, Head of Research at threat intel firm KELA, reportedly noted that the MGM data has been for sale on private hacking circles since at least July 2019 and that the situation could be even worse, as posts from Russian-speaking forums claimed to contain the details of 200 million hotel guests.

For now, it’s only clear that the hacker who has the data is trying to sell it for $2,900 worth of either bitcoin or XMR on an unnamed darknet marketplace.

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