The cryptocurrency miners disrupting the Yuzhnoukrainsk nuclear power plant’s security have been arrested by the Security Service of Ukraine.
According to the Ukrainian media, the criminals were trying to mine crypto by using the plant capacities via the Internet. After searching their premises on July 10, the detectives found and confiscated the unauthorized mining equipment, fiber-optic cable, and a media converter.
The miners’ criminal activities have led to the leakage of top-secret information on the plant’s security system. Therefore, the offenders will receive a severe penalty for their crime.
This is not the first attempt of using nuclear power plants in order to mine cryptocurrency in post-Soviet countries. For example, in February 2019, the Russian Federal Nuclear Center experienced a similar case when some of the facility’s engineers were caught trying to generate Bitcoins via the establishment’s supercomputer. The attempt was prevented due to the security system’s efficient work – the alarm was triggered right after the computer got connected to the Internet.
Notwithstanding the possible risks, the Russian authorities contemplate the blockchain technology implementation in the energy sector. This also applies to artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things technologies. According to Rosatom nuclear energy corporation representative, this can help to increase the manufacturing process efficiency and security.
As mentioned earlier, Bitcoin will become a means of payment in New Zealand because of the country’s new crypto policy.