Ukraine: Authorities Confiscate Crypto Mining Machines from Nuclear Power Plant

Ukraine’s top law-enforcement and counterintelligence office discovered crypto mining hardware on location at a nuclear power plant.

Local media reported that the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) seized six Radeon RX 470 GPU video cards, a motherboard, power supplies and extension cords, a USB and hard drive, and cooling units installed within the South Ukrainian Nuclear Power Plant on July 10.

All of the hardware was found in a single office, No. 104, within the authoritative wing partitioned from the power facility, from the state-owned Energoatom enterprise.

The power plant is enlisted as a state secret and outside computer hardware isn’t authorized to enter the property.

The same day, a National Guard of Ukraine branch revealed extra crypto mining hardware at the same nuclear plant. In this search and seizure, 16 GPU video cards, seven hard drives, two solid-state drives, and router were discovered.

GPUs have fallen out of favor within the crypto mining community, as more specialized hardware has come to market.

It is unknown what sort of cryptocurrencies were being mined. The SBU did not react to a request for comment at the time of writing.

Purportedly, activists with the Ukrainian Cyber ​​Alliance established a flash mob organized under the #fuckresponsibledisclosure in 2017, to raise concerns over security issues at Energoatom.