US becomes largest bitcoin mining center

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    HONG KONG- The United States has overtaken China to account for the largest share of the world’s bitcoin mining, data published on Wednesday by Britain’s Cambridge Center for Alternative Finance showed.

    The figures demonstrate the impact of a crackdown on bitcoin trading and mining launched by China’s State Council, or cabinet, in late May, which devastated the industry and caused miners to shut up shop or move overseas.

    China’s share of the power of computers connected to the global bitcoin network, known as the “hash rate”, had fallen to zero by July from 44 percent in May, and as much as 75 percent in 2019, the data showed.

    Miners elsewhere have taken up the slack, with mining rig manufacturers shifting their attention to North America and Central Asia and larger Chinese miners moving as well, though this process is fraught with logistical difficulties.

    As a result, the United States now accounts for the largest share of mining, some 35.4 percent of the global hash rate as of the end of August, followed by Kazakhstan and Russia, the data showed. – Reuters