Earlier this week, a press release for a Hong Kong-based company called CoinFac began circulating a plan to "introduce the next generation quantum computing technology into cryptocurrency mining".
promised big processing speed increases thanks to the claimed technology advances, and visitors to the CoinFac website are quickly directed to a series of cloud mining contract options. Though the website shows that contracts costing 50 BTC and 100 BTC annually are “sold out”, the site is still selling contracts costing 1 BTC and 5 BTC, respectively.
But at least one claim in the press release appears to be false.
CoinFac stated that it was owned by Palantir Technologies, a secretive data analysis software company co-founded in 2004 by PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel that originally drew funding from a CIA-connected venture fund.
The release stated:
Yet Palantir is denying involvement with the firm. In an email to CoinDesk, Palantir representative Matt Long said that CoinFac’s claim is inaccurate.
"Palantir has no affiliation," Long told CoinDesk.
This relationship is further claimed on the CoinFac site’s "About Us" page, which even includes a picture of Thiel. The page also details the firm’s founder, a man listed as Michael Howzeris, who is said to have held positions at major tech firms like Google, Intel and Oracle.
The release also claims that the firm is "in close talk [sic]" with Google, Microsoft and NASA, the US agency devoted to space exploration.
In a statement, a representative for NASA also denied any involvement.
"NASA has not been in any discussions whatsoever with any cryptocurrency companies regarding the possible integration of quantum computing into their existing products and platform," spokesperson Kimberly Williams told CoinDesk.
CoinFac did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
This piece has been updated.
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