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The guards at the Ukrainian nuclear power plant mined cryptocurrency and divulged state secrets


The attackers used the resources of the South Ukrainian nuclear power plant for mining digital currency. The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) stopped the activity of criminals.

Agents of the SBU, checking objects of the nuclear power plant, found computer equipment, illegally connected to the systems for mining. On July 10, the employees of the Department searched and seized the media converter, fiber optic and part of the network cable.

It’s important to note that information about the physical protection of the station, which is a state secret, leaked to the network due to the unauthorized placement of computer equipment in the territory of a nuclear power plant.

Specialists of the Security Service of Ukraine have information according to which members of the National Guard of Ukraine may be involved in illegal mining. The SBU has achieved the initiation of criminal proceedings against them.

It is an interesting fact that recently it became known that in Ukraine the authority that controls the quality of equipment for the South Ukrainian nuclear power plant since 1992 will be eliminated. Employees of the structure carried out examinations, as well as participated in tests of the equipment.

The decision was made after the evaluation of the enterprise. The work of the center was deemed ineffective.

However, it can be assumed that this is due to the fact that someone was mining cryptocurrency on the territory of the South Ukrainian nuclear power plant.

In addition, this week the police discovered an underground farm for the production of cryptocurrency in Ingushetia. Its owners were engaged in illegal and unaccounted electricity consumption. During the inspection of this room, law enforcement officers found that more than 1.5 thousand devices for receiving crypto currency, a laptop, two system units, a video recorder of a video surveillance system, as well as two transformer points with a capacity of 1.6 thousand kW each were connected to the power supply system without appropriate documentation.

Recall that in May 2018 it became known that the police in the Ukrainian city Rovno were mining cryptocurrency directly at the workplace. Since Ukraine does not have legislation regulating the circulation and mining of cryptocurrencies, an investigation was conducted into the theft of electricity.

This was not the first case of using the official position for cryptocurrency mining. In September 2017, Crimean government officials were fired for mining bitcoins in the workplace, and on February 2018 it became known that employees of the Ministry of Finance of Kazakhstan used office computers and department servers for cryptocurrency mining.

Ukraine to introduce electronic elections following the example of Estonia


The team of the Ukranian president Vladimir Zelensky promised to hold the next presidential elections in Ukraine using Estonia's experience in electronic technologies.

Mikhail Fedorov, advisor to the President of Ukraine on the development of digital technologies, assured that Ukrainians will be able to vote online using the Vote system during the next presidential election as early as 2024.

"We already have The Vote project. It will be surveys at the first stage, through which the President, Prime Minister and others will find out the real opinion of the inhabitants of the country," Fedorov said.

Currently, only one country in the world uses the online voting system in parliamentary elections, it is Estonia. There, the voter is identified using a chip ID card or MobileID, and a PIN code is required to enter the system.

The authorities of Ukraine are going to supplement these opportunities with identification using an electronic signature, Mobile ID and maybe Smart ID for phones. In addition, it is possible to change your choice and vote, as well as check whether the vote is counted correctly when counting votes in the Central Election Commission.

It is known that the widespread introduction of electronic technologies has become a kind of visiting card of Estonia and its know-how in the eyes of the world community.

At the same time, many experts note that the use of the Internet in the elections of authorities is quite controversial because of security problems.

Recall that on July 30, the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky signed a decree on measures to improve access to electronic services in the country. This document introduces a unified web portal of electronic services, where Ukrainians will be able to access information about themselves in the state registers using an electronic cabinet. The decree also approves the conduct of electronic elections and electronic census of the population in Ukraine.

The Ukrainian Security Service and the FBI eliminated a powerful hacker group


Previously, Ehacking News reported that on July 16, it became known that the Ukrainian Security Service and the FBI detained hackers controlling 40% of the Darknet. Since 2007, members of the group have provided hackers and criminals from around the world access through Ukrainian networks in the Darknet.

Intelligence service established that the organizer of the group is the citizen of Ukraine, a resident of Odessa Mikhail Rytikov (Titov). He got serious about hacking in Moscow in the mid-2000s. In 2007, he began to provide services to hackers around the world through Ukrainian networks, carefully hiding the actual location of his equipment. From time to time, Ukrainian, Russian, and American law enforcement officers found the equipment, confiscated it, but the hacker group soon resumed its activities.

It turned out that about 10 accomplices were under command of Ukrainian hacker, as well as dozens of intermediaries in different countries and thousands of customers. Among them, for example, Eugene Bogachev, the developer of the virus ZeuS, who is wanted by the FBI.

It is established that Rytikov sold his services through closed hacker forums and specialized web resources, claiming that his server equipment is located in data centers in Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Germany, Panama, the Netherlands, Belize, Russia. In fact, the equipment was located near Odessa, in one of the unfinished houses. The room was equipped with secret telecommunication channels and even had its own elevator.

“Nearly one hundred and fifty servers were seized during the authorized investigative actions on the territory of a private house with a hidden data center with a backup autonomous power supply, security and powerful Internet access channels. Thousands of hacker resources were placed on them, some remained encrypted, many were set up in such a way as not to keep traces of criminal activity”, said the acting Head of the Cyber Security Department of SBU (the Ukrainian Security Service) Nikolay Kuleshov.

According to law enforcement officers, they seized 146 servers for hundreds of terabytes of illegal information. The total cost of the equipment, a powerful electric generator, construction and home improvement, agreements with power engineers on a dedicated electric line is estimated at 700 thousand dollars. Only one generator could cost about 150 thousand dollars. The data center could work for a long time even in the absence of electricity.

It’s interesting to note that among the crimes committed with the participation of Rytikov, law enforcement officers distinguish the spread of malicious software ZeuS, which was used to steal financial, the case of hacking the NASDAQ exchange, called "the greatest fraudulent scheme of this type ever implemented in the United States."

President of Ukraine accused Russia of cyber attacks on the website of the Central Election Commission of Ukraine



Petro Poroshenko accused Russia of hacker attacks on the Ukrainian Central Election Commission. According to him, Ukrainian experts on February 24 and 25 recorded a DDoS attack on the Central Election Commission.

Poroshenko pointed out that the National Security and Defense Council, the Security Service of Ukraine and the Department of Information Security, together with their American partners, have developed mechanisms to protect the CEC.

The Head of Ukraine also spoke about the negotiations with representatives of the Armed Forces and the US State Department on cooperation in the field of cybersecurity, which took place in Odessa.

Two weeks earlier, Sergey Demedyuk, the Head of the Cyber Police Department of the National Police of Ukraine, said that Russia is preparing a large-scale cyber attack on the Ukrainian CEC. According to Demedyuk, Russian hackers are going to penetrate into the computer systems of the Election Committee in order to be able to influence the results of the presidential elections, which will be held on March 31, 2019.

The director of national intelligence of the United States, Dan Coats, also agreed with Demedyuk, who admitted that Russia will try to intervene in the elections in Ukraine with the help of hackers.

The Kremlin denied the statements of the Ukrainian authorities about Russia's cyber attacks on the eve of the presidential elections.

"We do not know anything about this. I can only say that we hear a huge number of similar statements from around the world, it seems that it takes the character of some mania or phobia," - said Dmitry Peskov, press secretary of the Russian president.

A spokesman for Vladimir Putin noted that Russia had never had anything to do with various manifestations of cyber crime.

Interestingly, at the beginning of this month, hackers attacked the website of the showman and presidential candidate of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky immediately after the launch.

A little earlier, the YouTube channel of another candidate for President of Ukraine, mayor of Lviv Andrei Sadovoi was attacked by a hacker and was destroyed.