Following China's Ban, The United States Overtaken China As The World's Largest Bitcoin Miner

America accounted for 35.4 percent of the worldwide hash rate, a measure of processing power needed to extract the digital currency, at the end of August.

Following China's Ban, The United States Overtaken China As The World's Largest Bitcoin Miner
Following China's Ban, The United States Overtaken China As The World's Largest Bitcoin Miner

After a crackdown in China practically ended the practice in the old home of the business, the United States has become the world's hub for Bitcoin mining. 

According to a Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance analysis released on Wednesday, America accounted for 35.4 percent of the worldwide hash rate, a measure of processing power needed to extract the digital currency, at the end of August. This is more than twice the amount of activity seen in April.

China's move to pare down the business to control financial risk has fueled the rise in the country's relative stake. The Asian nation was the foundation for the biggest miners in the early days of Bitcoin's 2009 birth, tapping upon cheap electricity from coal and hydro plants. Beijing's stepped-up measures to rein in the cryptocurrency industry, first revealed in May, are already paying off. According to Cambridge researchers, China's observed percentage of Bitcoin mining has practically reached zero. 

This is down from a peak of 75% in September 2019, when Cambridge began collecting information. It's also a significant drop from the 46% figure recorded in April of this year. There's a good chance that covert mining is still going on in China, but it's being done through virtual private networks that make the computers appear to be in another nation. According to a Cambridge study, recent rises in the hash rate in Ireland and Germany are most likely the result of miners employing VPNs or proxy servers. 

Miners are looking for low-cost electricity and receptive governments to help fuel the virtual currency's recent surge to new highs. The coin has risen more than 370 percent in the last year, trading at over $54,650, with a market cap of around $1 trillion. In Kazakhstan, the share of the hash rate hit 18.1 per cent in August, up from 8.2 per cent in April, while the Russian share grew to 11 per cent, from 6.8 per cent over the same period. 

The researchers at the institute, which is part of the Cambridge Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge, collect data on the IP addresses of mining operators from mining pools BTC.com, Poolin, ViaBTC, and Foundry.