Some of you won’t remember the Chernobyl disaster, but for those of us who do, walking into a Ukrainian nuclear power plant to cool down your hardware seems like the ultimate in foolishness. If you doubt this — do watch the excellent TV drama series from Netflix titled Chernobyl. This will give you a very good idea of what happened in 1986.
With this in mind it is rather surprising that Ukraine’s top law-enforcement and counterintelligence agency uncovered crypto mining equipment on site at a nuclear power plant, as Coindesk.
The security services found and confiscated six Radeon RX 470 GPU video cards, a motherboard, power supplies and extension cords, a USB and hard drive, and cooling units installed in the South Ukrainian Nuclear Power Plant. According to the report, all of the equipment was located in a single office, №104, in the administrative wing of the state-owned Energoatom enterprise, which is separate from the power plant.
As one might expect, computer equipment is not authorized to enter the property. Furthermore, the nuclear power plant is registered as a state secret. This last fact is hardly confidence boosting.
The story then continued, because on the same day that the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) found its cache of mining equipment, a National Guard uncovered additional crypto mining equipment at same nuclear plant. In this search and seizure, 16 GPU video cards, 7 hard drives, 2 solid-state drives and router were uncovered. Nobody knows what cryptocurrencies were being mined, and the SBU didn’t respond to press enquiries.
However, what happened may be connected to activists with the Ukrainian Cyber Alliance, who formed a flash mob organised under the #fuckresponsibledisclosure in 2017, to raise concerns over security issues at Energoatom. After Chernobyl, who could blame them?