11,000 Venezuelan Soldiers Shut Down Illegal Bitcoin Mining in Prison


This week’s crypto news was relatively quiet, although prices of leading cryptocurrencies have stabilized somewhat this year.

It began with an apology from Unity, a crypto-friendly game engine developer, for significantly revising the Unity Runtime Fee, which developers were angered by.

On Wednesday, the DeFi liquidity protocol Balancer was attacked for a quarter of a million dollars, tracked by blockchain sleuth @ZachXBT.

The physical counterpart of the Gucci/Yuga Labs collaborative NFT pendant received by @DoItBigChicago was less than impressive. NFT Statistics account @Punk9059 noticed the hefty royalties accumulating to creators on the new decentralized social token platform Friend.tech.

A video of American software developer and early Bitcoin pioneer Hal Finney talking about zero-knowledge proofs 25 years ago resurfaced on Twitter midweek.

On Friday, Dogecoin flipped Bitcoin for stability, reported Crypto Twitter news outlet @DeItaOne.

The strangest story of the week broke on Thursday. In Venezuela, authorities discovered that prisoners in one of the country’s maximum security prisons were mining Bitcoin using thousands of ASICs. The loot captured from the felons included grenades, rocket launchers, sniper rifles, and previously confiscated mining machines!

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