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Ukraine’s Nuclear Plant officials arrested for crypto mining

Ukraine’s top law-enforcement and counterintelligence agency, SBU has uncovered crypto mining equipment on-site at a nuclear power plant. This took place in one of Ukraine’s nuclear plant that is in Yuzhnoukrainsk.

SBU (Security Service of Ukraine) detectives believe the plant’s officials are responsible for this unauthorized mining. They have seized six Radeon RX 470 GPU video cards, a motherboard, power supplies, and extension cords, a USB and hard drive, and cooling units. The detectives found all the equipment in a single office. The power plant is a state secret. Thus, outside computer equipment cannot enter the property.

SBU alleges that the internet connection for the mining operation posed a significant security risk to the power plant. Apparently, the plant’s operation information is leaked online. The plant’s systems remain offline. However, in order to successfully implement crypto mining, those behind the activity installed a connection. Thus, data has been a subject of leak online as a result of the unauthorized connection. As per the source, it is unknown what type of cryptocurrencies the miners mined.

All over the world, cheap electricity attracts cryptocurrency miners. Recently, the Iranian provincial police had seized smuggled crypto mining machines while conducting an investigation into the traffic. Also last month, in China, police had seized around 4,000 bitcoin mining machines for a spike in local electricity usage. Similarly, in June, the Iranian police had seized around 1000 bitcoin mining machines due to power issues.