In Ukraine it was cheerful: The nuclear power plant was connected to the Internet and mined cryptocurrencies

by Kelvin
In Ukraine it was cheerful: The nuclear power plant was connected to the Internet and mined cryptocurrencies

As you may know, cryptomium mining requires several costly things. The first is the right computer with sufficiently high graphics performance and the second is the energy required to run such a machine. In Ukraine, they did not make it hard. The best source of electricity is a power plant, right?

  

You read well, this is exactly what happened near the city Yuzhnoukrains'k. As the server internet.ua informed Ukrainian secret service SBU has launched an investigation for a suspected breach of the critical infrastructure safety of a nuclear power plant.

Several employees secretly mined cryptocurrencies. To make sure there is nothing if the equipment that was intended for mining do not have to connect to the Internet. This step is very important.

Entrance gate for attackers

Cryptomain mining computers have happened at this point the weakest link in the entire network power plants. For potential attackers, they were the gateway capable of disseminating information about security types and other protections. The attackers could thus enter the entire system get access and start installing malware.

Employees placed computers to the administrative part of the building, which is not exactly closest to the plant's control center, but is on the same network. The miners counted on 2 computers with a total 11 pieces graphics cards Radeon RX 470.

But they did not end there. More computers have been found in the building of the national military unitwhose task is guarding the power plant itself. Employees are now facing serious accusations of threats to national security. Stealing electricity is just a cherry on the cake.

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