Core Scientific is only one of many Bitcoin miners in distress, as low Bitcoin prices and other factors make mining much less profitable. Other mining firms, including Argo Blockchain and Greenidge Generation, have warned that they may face bankruptcy in the near future. Some firms, such as Iris Energy, have powered off a significant amount of their mining capacity.
Core Scientific warned in October that it was teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, so it was no huge surprise when the company filed for bankruptcy protection on December 21. Core Scientific is one of the largest Bitcoin miners, responsible for around 10% of the computing power on the Bitcoin blockchain. The company operates around 143,000 miners, and host an additional 100,000.