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比特大陆竞争对手MicroBT的创始人因涉嫌挪用公款在中国被捕

2019-12-16 15:06

总部位于深圳的比特币矿商MicroBT的创始人兼首席执行官杨作兴因涉嫌贪污约1.5万美元而被捕。


12月12日,深圳市南山区检察院指出了这一逮捕行动,商业杂志《财新》周日对此进行了报道。目前,矿业巨头Bitmain和MicroBT之间的斗争仍在继续,MicroBT是今年正在崛起的竞争对手,挑战着Bitmain的市场主导地位。


深圳市地方检察院上周四在其网站上表示,最近已授权逮捕涉嫌贪污的犯罪嫌疑人杨星(名字已被部分删改),刑事案件仍在审理中。


财新网在报道中援引知情人士的话称,被捕的人确实是MicroBT公司的创始人兼首席执行官,该公司生产WhatsMiner比特币开采设备,占有大约40%的市场份额。报道称,涉案金额为10万元人民币(约合1.5万美元)。


此前,有媒体报道称,11月初,杨被当地警方带走,协助调查可能存在的知识产权纠纷,但这并不一定意味着他当时就被捕了。


与此同时,MicroBT在比特币矿商制造商业务中获得的市场份额越来越大,而Bitmain的主导地位在2019年逐渐减弱。值得注意的是,杨致远在联合创始人吴继汉(音)通过驱逐其竞争对手、联合创始人兼董事长詹其仁(Micree Zhan)重新控制公司后被警方带走。


虽然检察官没有指定是否涉嫌挪用公款与杨的公司或他的前雇主Bitmain,报告说它跟着Bitmain此举的升级失败杨民事起诉的刑事案件报道警方在北京与指控侵犯商业秘密。


MicroBT和Bitmain拒绝就此案置评。


杨曾是北京Bitmain的矿业芯片设计总监,2016年左右负责开发这家矿业巨头的旗舰产品AntMiner S7和S9。2017年,Bitmain通过销售这些车型获得了10亿美元的利润,2018年上半年的利润为10亿美元。


在与Bitmain联合创始人就公司股权谈判失败后,杨离开了公司创办了MicroBT。Bitmain在2017年对杨和MicroBT提起了民事诉讼,指控他侵犯了比特币采矿设备的专利权。


2018年10月,杨的团队向中国知识产权法院成功上诉,驳回了Bitmain的专利申请,民事诉讼被驳回。


MicroBT上周推出了最新的WhatsMiner M30产品,该产品的计算能力为每秒88兆次哈希。

 

Yang Zuoxing, founder and CEO of Shenzhen-based bitcoin miner maker MicroBT, has been arrested for alleged embezzlement of about $15,000.

The arrest, noted by the Shenzhen Nanshan District Prosecutor on Dec. 12 and reported by business publication Caixin on Sunday, comes amid ongoing battles between mining giant Bitmain and MicroBT, which has been a rising competitor this year challenging Bitmain's market dominance.

The Shenzhen district prosecutor said on its website last Thursday that it has recently authorized the arrest of a suspect named Yang *Xing (name partially redacted) on the allegation of embezzlement and the criminal case is still ongoing.

Caixin said in the report, citing people familiar with the case, that the person arrested is indeed the founder and CEO of MicroBT, which manufactures the WhatsMiner bitcoin mining equipment with about 40 percent of the market share. The alleged embezzlement amount is 100,000 yuan, or about $15,000, the report said.

The arrest follows media reports early November that Yang had been taken away by local police to assist an investigation over possible IP dispute, though that might not necessarily mean he was arrested at the time.

It also comes at a time when MicroBT is gaining serious market share in the bitcoin miner maker business while Bitmain's dominance has been waning over 2019. Notably, Yang was taken away by police after Jihan Wu, co-founder if Bitmain regained control of his firm by ousting his rival co-founder and chairman Micree Zhan.

While the prosecutor didn't specify whether the alleged embezzlement relates to Yang's own firm or his former employer Bitmain, the report said it followed Bitmain's move of escalating its failed civil lawsuit against Yang to a criminal case by reporting to police in Beijing with charges against him for trade secrets infringement.

MicroBT and Bitmain declined to comment on the case.

Yang was a former mining chip design director at Beijing-based Bitmain, responsible for developing the mining giant's flagship AntMiner S7 and S9 models around 2016. Bitmain made $1 billion in profits by selling those models in 2017 and $1 billion in profits in the first half of 2018.

Yang left the firm to start MicroBT after his negotiation with Bitmain co-founders for the firm's equity fell through. Bitmain brought up a civil case against Yang and MicroBT in 2017, alleging him of infringing a patent Bitmain was granted for bitcoin mining equipment.

In October 2018, Yang's team successfully appealed to the intellectual property court in China to void Bitmain's awarded patent and hence the civil case was dismissed.

MicroBT launched its latest WhatsMiner M30 product last week that features a computing power at 88 tera hashes per second.

原作者: Wolfie Zhao 来自: coindesk