За последние месяца сложность майнинга биткоина сильно выросла, так что майнинг на старом оборудовании не окупает даже стоимость электроэнергии. В результате практически обанкротился один из крупнейших облачных хостингов Hashflare с дата-центром в Эстонии.
HashFlare Cloud Solutions
20 July at 08:00 ·
As you know, the last few months have been a difficult time for the cryptocurrency market, which has also affected the operation of our service.
We have made every possible effort in order to resolve the problem that has arisen – for instance, we have considered a variety of technical solutions, which would have allowed us to lower expenses related to maintenance and electricity. However, due to the general instability of the market, the actions we have taken could not significantly influence the current situation.
For over a month our users encountered a situation when the payouts were lower than the maintenance fees, resulting in zero accruals to the balance. As of 18.07.2018, the payouts were lower than maintenance for 28 consecutive days.
BTC mining continues being unprofitable, in light of which we would like to inform you that on 18.07.2018 we were forced to start disabling SHA hardware and today, on 20.07.2018, stop the mining service of active SHA-256 contracts in accordance with clause 5.5 of our Terms of Service, which are required to be accepted when creating a purchase and are the basis of concluding the contract.
We expect that the cryptocurrency market situation will stabilize in the nearest future and we will be able to offer our users new advantageous solutions.
We will continue to inform you about any changes. Stay tuned for updates!
Ну что, неплохо для начала, однако посмотрим, что будет дальше:
HashFlare Cloud Solutions
24 July at 07:37 ·
Due to the fact that since the beginning of last month HashFlare LP has been suffering losses related to maintenance of equipment and electricity fees, we had to make the difficult decision of stopping the mining service of SHA-256 contracts.
This decision was a necessary measure, as otherwise we would be forced to charge our users additional maintenance fees.
Despite the current increase of the BTC/USD exchange rate, the situation on the market has not improved significantly during the month of unprofitable mining: hardware suppliers are still not able to meet halfway and lower the prices for equipment and/or its rent, and without a radical change in location of equipment, it is not currently feasible to reduce the electricity fees.
Since shutting down and re-commissioning a large quantity of equipment to different locations is a very expensive and labor-intensive process, before making any decisions about further steps, we anticipate news of a change in the current mining difficulty trend.
We would also like to inform you that in the coming days the withdrawal functionality will be improved to allow verified users to withdraw amounts less than 0.01 BTC.
We will keep you informed of any further developments, stay tuned for more news.
Сначала Hashflare просто не выплачивал клиентам прибыль, забирая все намайненные монеты на оплату хостинга. Поработав какое-то время с отрицательной доходностью, владельцы сервиса предпочли закрыться: «18.07.2018 мы были вынуждены начать отключение SHA-оборудования, а 20.07.2018, остановить сервис майнинга по текущим контрактам SHA-256», — сказано в официальном блоге.
С сайта HashFlare оперативно удалён раздел «Команда проекта», но пользователи проводят расследование — и вычисляют аффилированные фирмы и людей, который могут стоять за этой «аферой».