Category: Mining

Cryptodust Collection

Cryptodust Collection

TL;DR – Automate faucet collection for free cryptocurrency

There are many ways to obtain cryptocurrency, and while the easiest way to make money in this industry is to simply buy and hold or mine various coins, you don’t need a lot of capital or a powerful rig to begin their coin collection. Best part – you can do this for free. Normally this is a manual process that takes time and effort to turn into actual profit, however, you can automate the whole process and grow your stash of coins passively over time, for little to no cost. A technique I like to call “Cryptodust Collection.”

Faucets are a quick and easy way to passively obtain various coins. These are websites that are driven by advertisement revenue and reward their visitors by giving them small amounts of coins for every click of a claim button. Once you click the claim button and complete the captcha challenge, they will send a small amount of coins to a microwallet, such as CoinPot or FaucetHub. You’ll want to set up accounts on both of these sites first and foremost.

Cryptodust Wallet
Coinpot Dashboard

With your microwallets configured, the next step is to register to the various faucets and configure these to send payouts to the associated Microwallet. The screenshot above highlights Moon Litecoin, which works directly with Coinpot.

Moon Litecoin
Moon Litecoin

To help streamline this process, below are links to a majority of the faucets that I use and have configured to automatically claim from. All of the faucets listed below integrate with Coinpot, with the exceptions of FreeBitcoin and Free Dogecoin, as these pay out to your main wallet.

Bitcoin Faucet

After setting up your Coinpot account and configuring each of the faucets you’d like to use, you may be wondering how much time you’ll need to dedicate to clicking on claim buttons each day to make this worth your while. This is where automation comes in — allowing you to claim from the faucets all day, every day, without the need to even visit these websites.

ProTip – Use a dedicated Windows system to run this – something that you can leave churning for long and consistent periods of time.

Enter Faucet Collector. This tool uses the Google Chrome browser automation to mine from faucets for you. This offers various options to imitate an end-user, such as randomized web application automation time-frames, various captcha solution integration, and more.

Faucet Collector
Faucet Collector

Combine this service with 2Captcha, ImageTyperz, 9kw, or other CAPTCHA-solving service, and have your computer do all the work for you 24/7/365. To make the best use of Faucet Collector, you can combine CAPTCHA-solving services — using one for reCAPTCHA challenges and another for solving image CAPTCHAs.

Faucet Collector Captcha Solvers
Faucet Collector Captcha Solvers

The cost of taking advantage of these services varies depending on the API you’re using, but generally this is a lot cheaper than purchasing the crypto that you are able to collect for next to nothing using these tools. Not to mention the added benefit of having your chance to win lottery drawings, such as those listed at FreeBitco.in. Speaking of Free BTC, you can accumulate reward points on this platform and use those to increase your faucet-collection rewards over time, or spend these points on lottery tickets.

Freebitco.in Lottery
Freebitco.in Lottery

Security Tips

If you plan to implement any of what I’ve discussed in this post, there is one very important consideration to take into account. Security… Many of the sites mentioned rely on advertisements and often background crypto miners, like I have implemented here. What’s more, the sites will check to ensure that you are loading advertisements before allowing you to claim from faucets. This renders browser add-on’s such as uBlock Origin and AdBlock useless when it comes to protecting your system.

That said, it’s very important to disallow some of these advertisements to load. Even if you don’t care about the system you’re collecting from faucets on, many of these advertisements will load malware or other attacks on your local network, most commonly observed attacks are drive-by malware campaigns and router exploits. So a good first step is setting up a segregated VLAN for this server, without access to log in to your router (web, ssh, telnet, etc.).

If you have a dedicated Linux box (can be a small VM or Raspberry Pi – even a Pi Zero will work) the best path forward is implementing Pi-Hole on your home network. This will allow you to use DNS sinkholing to subvert advertisements and malicious web requests, while giving the impression that you are not blocking advertisements. There are even some really neat crypto-related things you can do with this (which I’ll dive into, in a later post).

Pi-Hole Dashboard
Pi-Hole Dashboard

Pi-Hole comes pre-loaded with a great set of blacklists, which you will want to modify as you begin to test out your faucet collector. Some faucet sites will be blocked at first, as well as most web-based cryptominers. You can review the Pi-Hole query log to validate whether your valid requests are being blocked. This will add a significant layer of defense for your home network, and I would not recommend using faucets without it.

Pi-Hole Block Lists
Pi-Hole Block Lists

If you want to set everything up locally, you can create a local DNS sinkhole via the Windows hosts file, that will route unwanted traffic to localhost. There are tons of lists out there, so go with what makes the most sense, and set your hosts file to auto-update on a regular basis. Here’s a link to get you started with some solid block lists: https://github.com/AdAway/AdAway/wiki/hostssources

Now you’re ready to start automating your “faucet mining” operations. And, if you configured everything I’ve mentioned on a virtual machine, you can clone this VM, create some new accounts, configure proxies for each, and double-up on your collection. That said, these sites use various mechanisms to determine the location associated with your account(s) and may disable your account if they feel you are abusing the system, so be careful if you choose to go this route.

I hope this was helpful! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to drop a message below or send me an email at h31nz[at]cryptohacks.io.

Sun-Mining Review

Sun-Mining Review

TL;DR : Sun-Mining, an environmentally friendly scam

Sun-Mining Logo

Sun-Mining is an organization that aims to provide cloud mining services powered by the sun from the heart of Australia. Sounds great, doesn’t it?

With the current craze around cryptocurrency,organizations are springing up left and right that aim to take advantage of newcomers to the space, often in the form of Ponzi Schemes. In my opinion, Sun-Mining is no exception – and I will explain why in detail below… If you are from Sun-Mining or have had a positive experience with this company and would like to respond, feel free to contact me or drop a comment below.


Overall their website looks great. It’s a modern, responsive, and relatively secure web application that lends to the feasibility of the services being offered. Their prices are well in-line with other cloud-mining providers and they have very similar dashboard and purchasing interfaces. However, this all begins to unravel when you look around the website. The grammar used in use is odd, considering this is an “Australian company” that has an actual business structure behind it. Take their slogan for instance…

Sun Mining

Images used across the site are stock photos, and generic content. There are no actual names of company members, or individuals associated with the company in any public fashion, such as LinkedIn. The FAQ, in particular is hilarious. They state that they’ve hidden the phone number, along with pictures of their data center.

Contact Sun-Mining

For a company claiming to hold a large amount of open land with Solar Panels and a mining data center, you’d imagine that they would love to show this off. However the content displayed on the website is stock imagery, and obviously rendered footage of a stock data center. Their twitter account is full of stock imagery as well, readily apparent when performing a reverse image search in TinEye.

Sun-Mining Tweet

The physical location is listed as “1 Farrer Place, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia” – a shared office location. They list two email addresses support[at]sun-mining.com and partners[at]sun-mining.com. Aside from the shared office location and emails there is no other means of reaching out to the company.

Sun-Mining Office Location

If you search for the company name, this returns no results, meaning that they have never registered the organization in Australia or elsewhere. Searching around the general location, and open areas of Australia, there are no large areas of Solar panels, as they state on their website. For an organization to operate a commercial mining operation, they would need a large number of solar panels, and these would be publicly searchable and registered to the business (or a parent organization).

No Real Business

They attempt to provide re-assurance to their customers that they have been in business since 2015 on the main page of their site, and further extrapolate upon this in their About the Company section.

Sun-Mining founded

A quick look into their domain registration history tells a very different story… The website was registered in July of 2017, right when the crypto market was really picking up steam.

Sun-Mining Registration History

Their site has been privately registered throughout most of its lifetime, and the domain is currently set to expire in July of 2018. Fortunately, they forgot to pay this bill for a brief period, causing a momentary lapse in privacy protection, resulting in registrant information exposure. From this, we are able to determine that the site owner actually lives in the Ukraine. I decided to not blur this out, as the information is already publicly available.

Domain Registration

None of this information bodes well for the viability of this website. And these concerns are further validated when resetting your password… The default landing page for the password reset link takes you to a page that is hard-coded in Russian, despite the English page translation being set in the URL. Granted this is not proof of anything, but it does help to correlate the domain registration information, giving the impression that the site was initially developed in Russian.

Password Reset - Russian

Aside from the generalities surrounding the site, the application itself is much more responsive and professional looking than other competing cloud mining services. The key difference here being that the only option for payments is in Bitcoin. This allows for easy and anonymous transactions, which is understandably a major reason for cryptocurrencies, however not having the option to purchase in Fiat is somewhat of a concern, as this shows they do not have legitimate financial backings, which would require them to register as a business. At any point, the site could disappear with the money that has already been paid by their customer base, and there would be no way to recover losses.

BTC Purchase

All things considered, there are many people currently using the service and actively shilling their referral links to the community. That’s all fine and good, and I am sure that many will make a decent ROI on this investment. Take CryptoNick for example — he made millions off of crypto mining and staking programs and recently deleted his Youtube channel after endorsing Bitconnect which recently came to a rapid end, resulting in significant financial losses for his followers. Given the lack of sustaining information around the company, real photos of the solar fields or data center, and the inconsistencies between registration information and the listed contact details, I am led to believe that this is just another Ponzi Scheme and will not be investing in their services.

I am open to updating this post, if Sun-Mining can provide verifiable evidence that there is more to the company than meets the eye.