Your Torrent Client May Be Mining Bitcoin Without Telling You

When you download the popular torrent client uTorrent, the website describes the software as "light, limitless" and "elegant, efficient." That's ironic because multiple users are reporting that the latest uTorrent update quietly installs processor-hogging bitcoin-mining software without your knowledge. » 3/06/15 11:40am 3/06/15 11:40am

What It's Like Inside One of the World's Largest Bitcoin Mines

Bitcoin mines are a lot like mineral mines: dark, dismal, and dangerous. Most people wouldn't know this, though, since these facilities are tucked away in weird, remote corners of the globe. That said, Motherboard recently visited one of the world's largest bitcoin mines in a remote corner of China and made a… » 2/06/15 12:30pm 2/06/15 12:30pm

A Fire Took Out a Huge Bitcoin Mining Operation

It's 2014, and this is what a mining accident looks like. A massive fire reportedly broke out at a Bitcoin mining facility in Thailand last month, devastating all three of its buildings and possibly millions of dollars in hardware. The fire might just be a wakeup call to all the startups trying to mine Bitcoin on the… » 11/07/14 2:17pm 11/07/14 2:17pm

Mining Bitcoin With Pencil and Paper

I decided to see how practical it would be to mine Bitcoin with pencil and paper. It turns out that the SHA-256 algorithm used for mining is pretty simple and can in fact be done by hand. Not surprisingly, the process is extremely slow compared to hardware mining and is entirely impractical. But performing the… » 9/29/14 4:16pm 9/29/14 4:16pm

There's an Apple Bitcoin Prank That's Hilarious and Devastating

General piece of advice: don't go around typing stuff into your computer's terminal window based on some pictures you found randomly floating on the internet. You're not very likely to unlock a hidden bitcoin miner in your Mac, and far more likely to brick the thing instead. » 12/13/13 11:00am 12/13/13 11:00am

Digital Drills: The Monster Machines that Mine Bitcoin

Bitcoin! It's everywhere right now. Its value is dropping, spiking, dropping again. More and more new converts are hopping in, buying a few coins and trying their hands at the market, looking to make a quick buck with a profitable exchange. But all the while, there's an ever-dwindling army of specialists working in… » 4/15/13 1:21pm 4/15/13 1:21pm