Chinese Head fired after crypto mining at school

The headmaster dismissed reports from teachers of excessive power consumption in the building as the fault of air conditioning units and heaters, according to the BBC.

However, when they found the eight cryptocurrency mining machines he had hooked up to the power supply, the game was up.

They reportedly ran up an electricity bill of 14,700 yuan (£1600) mining Ethereum 24 hours a day.

After laying out 10,000 yuan on just one mining machine and seeing the exorbitant electricity costs that resulted, the headmaster apparently decided to minimize his overheads by moving the operation to the school in summer 2017.

Read entire article Chinese Head fired after Cryptomining at school | Phil Muncaster | InfoSecurity

Is there such a thing as an ethical electric car?

Car and tech companies are scrambling for supplies of cobalt, a mineral they need to power electric vehicles and smartphones. But they have a problem: Much of the cobalt used in lithium-ion batteries comes from a country where children work in mines.

A CNN investigation has found that child labor is still being used to mine the valuable mineral at some operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This country produces about two-thirds of the world’s cobalt and is estimated to sit atop half of the globe’s reserves.

There have been warnings about child labor before – Amnesty International highlighted the problem in 2016 and Glencore (GLNCY), a leading cobalt producer, said last month that some small mines in the DRC are using children.

The problem may be getting worse. Rising demand has led cobalt prices to quadruple in the past two years, and that helped boost production at so-called artisanal miners in the DRC by 18% in 2017, according to Andries Gerbens at Darton Commodities.

Read entire article Carmakers and big tech struggle to keep batteries free from child labor | CNN


Community resilience story: How cats revived this ex-coal town’s economy

Houtong, Taiwan is known as “Cat Village”. Once a major coal mining center, the economy here now centers on cat tourism.

When mining stopped in early 1990s, Houtong’s population plummeted. But the cat-to-human ratio surged, as some relocated without their pets. Others who remained kept feeding the strays.

After a visit to Houtong in 2007, Jian Peiling, aka “Mrs. Kitty,” now a pro cat photographer, organized a volunteer welfare campaign for the felines.

Estimates vary: 100 to 200 cats. Two-legged guests are very welcome. In 2009, Houtong’s train station had over a quarter million arrivals, already a tenfold increase over the previous decade. But last year, visits may have topped one million!

Crypto-Mining malware found on 4000+ sites

Over 4000 websites including several belonging to UK and US government agencies were found over the weekend to be running hidden crypto-mining malware.

Posted on InfoSecurity | By Phil Muncaster

Security researcher Scott Helme first investigated the website of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after a tip-off that AV filters were raising red flags.

At first the obvious thought is that the ICO were compromised so I immediately started digging into this after firing off a few emails to contact people who may be able to help me with disclosure. I quickly realised though that this script, whilst present on the ICO website, was not being hosted by the ICO, it was included by a third-party library they loaded” he explained.

If you want to load a crypto miner on 1,000 websites you don’t attack 1,000 websites, you attack the one website that they all load content from. In this case it turned out that Texthelp, an assistive technology provider, had been compromised and one of their hosted script files changed.

Some of the sites affected by CoinHive included United States Courts, the General Medical Council, the UK’s Student Loans Company, NHS Inform and many others.

Read entire article Crypto-Mining Malware Found on 4000+ Sites | InfoSecurity

New International Standard to reduce mining accidents

There’s no question that mining has been made safer over the years, but mines are still one of the most hazardous places to work.

The causes can be numerous, from explosive dust and toxic gases to collapse of mine shafts, and the consequences severe, with thousands of fatalities each year.
ISO 19434 Mining – Classification of mine accidents

ISO 19434:2017 establishes a classification of mine accidents by their origin or causes, by the type of accident, and by their results or consequences. The latter includes only the accidents resulting into consequences on people, not equipment or machinery.

When an incident does occur in a mine, it can be hard to understand precisely what’s happened. Because many factors are at play, a wide range of accidents can occur. A key step in preventing these accidents is to classify them by type and by cause, and that’s where ISO 19434 comes in.

With the entire industry working to further improve the safety of their operations, there are clear advantages of a unified system to understand the main types of accidents.