Grin Network Victim of 51% Attack, Unknown Miner Commands 58% of the Hashrate

The privacy-centric cryptocurrency network Grin (GRIN) has been the victim of a 51% attack according to a number of reports. Allegedly an unknown entity gained control of over 57% of the network hashrate on Saturday. According to the Grin website, the team is recommending people wait for “extra confirmations on transactions for payment finality.”

On November 7, 2020, a mining pool dedicated to the Grin (GRIN) network informed the cryptocurrency community that the blockchain was under attack. “Grin network is under [a] 51% attack,” the mining pool called “2miners” tweeted. “Payouts are stopped. Please mine at your own risk only because the new blocks could be rejected,” the pool operator added.

According to the official website at grin.mw, the development team has a warning at the bottom of the site that is still up on Monday, November 9.

“Important notice,” the web portal’s warning reads. “The Grin network hashrate has increased considerably over a short period of time. Notably, this coincides with the Nicehash rate doubling in this time with well over 50% of the network hashrate currently outside of known pools. Considering these circumstances it is wise to wait for extra confirmations on transactions for payment finality.”

At the time of publication, an unknown miner controls 58.1% of the Grin network’s hashrate. Statistics also show that at approximately 6:17 p.m. (EST) the unknown entity reorganized a single block at height 0000ada4. The mining pool 2miners who tweeted about the incident have around 24.5% of the global Grin hashrate today.

This is followed by Sparkpool, F2pool, Grinmint, and other small miners pointing…

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