Engineering to get electricity at the lowest possible cost to undermine cryptocurrencies is a fairly complex task. Today, you can find several alternatives used by thousands of users, but a thief has wanted to take this to the next level when using a nuclear plant as a base to mine Bitcoin in Ukraine.
According to a report, a user has created a mining network thanks to seizing part of the electricity from a Ukrainian nuclear plant. Through the information revealed by the authorities it has been said that the thief can be a worker or part of the National Guard, in charge of protecting the place. The reason for this could have affected the same secrets of the state.
The reason that led the thief to extract cryptocurrencies from a nuclear plant in Ukraine
Those who understand the subject know that if electricity comes from free sources, the profits will be much larger. This precisely is it was probably the main reason why the thief decided to look for electricity to divert it to mining machines. To do this, he had to connect to the nuclear plant intranet.
By doing the above, investigators believe the site’s security fixes have been compromised and these are a state secret. According to the guys from The Next Web portal, the report does not reveal the identity of the author or authors, but it does show that it is a high-level user, who took advantage of the privilege to locate the mining machines in one of the administrative buildings of the plant.
On the other hand, the information highlights that during the investigation these computer equipment was seized: six AMD Radeon RX470 graphics cards, PCI risers, power supplies, refrigerators, a motherboard, a USB flash drive and also a hard drive. In addition, the authorities proceeded to eliminate the framework in which the hardware for mining was mounted.
What has not yet been revealed, and perhaps most relevant, is if the thief got away with stealing Bitcoin, although the researchers believe he could not do it and rather set out to obtain other cryptocurrencies resistant to ASIC (Integrated Circuit for Specific Applications).