Protests in Kazakhstan have shut down the world's second-largest mining hub.
The second-largest bitcoin mining country lost internet service, affecting up to 15% of the network.
On Thursday, Bitcoin dipped below $43,000 for the first time since September, plunging almost 8%.
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According to the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, Kazakhstan ranks second globally in terms of bitcoin mining share, with 18.1%.
The Kazakh government announced last year that it will target unregistered “grey” miners who use twice as much power as “white” or fully registered miners.
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Last year, Kazakhstan's energy ministry estimated that "grey" mining used up to 1.2 GWT of power, compared to 600 MWt for "white" miners.
The country’s uprising began with protests in the west of the country against a New Year’s Day fuel price hike.