After Massive Ether Mining Payout Posted, Sparkpool Plans To Temporarily Freeze Funds
When anyone mines for ETH right now, they are provided with a mining reward of 3 ETH, though the amount can vary. Yesterday, someone was abruptly surprised to find that their reward for mining was much higher at 2,100 ETH, amounting to about $300,000 for the mining through Sparkpool. In an effort to determine why this transaction took place in this way, Sparkpool has decided to put a temporary freeze on the funds.
The funds will remain frozen until the sender reaches out to the platform. However, the company still let miners on their platform know that the ether will be held for now, since there is a major possibility of this mining fee being attached in error.
In a statement, Sparkpool said,
“Sparkpool has recently mined a block with a 2100 ETH mining reward, which was an anomaly that triggered our internal emergency mechanism. We have temporarily frozen this fee and are now waiting for the sender to contact us for a solution. If the sender does not reach out in the next a few days, Sparkpool will then allocate the fees to miners who are entitled to the reward.”
The CEO, Xin Xu, has said that much of the reason for holding the funds has to do with the substantially high amount involved. At this point, there does not seem to be any qualms from users or miners for the decision to freeze the funds. Xu continued, saying,
“Unfortunately, and fortunately, blockchain is so far not completely run by machines; humans are still involved. So, we have an opportunity to correct the problem. Integrity is our pool’s priority.”
Since the high payout was posted, there have been many users discussing what caused the activity. Some suggested that the payout was a mistake that happened as a result of multiple users attaching the high transaction fees. Others believe that it is a payment of goodwill from people who trust and believe in the community. However, some users have the unsettling idea that the purpose of the payout was to launder money through Ether mining.