A mining farm will be built at a nuclear power plant

The region’s government is planning it in Leningrad region in Russia by $ 82 million
30 November 2017   255

In the Leningrad region, the first applicants for the launch of a mining farm for the production of cryptocurrency in the territory of Leningrad NPP in Sosnovy Bor appeared. The head of the region Alexander Drozdenko made an idea for the production of Russian cryptocurrency in the territory of the Leningrad nuclear power plant. The first sites of power units, which are now being prepared for decommissioning, will not be released until the end of 2018.

Information about the developers of cryptocurrencies and innovative startups was not disclosed at the request of lawyers of both sides. But preliminary calculations were announced: investments in equipment of the site for 10 thousand square meters. m, according to calculations of regional officials, will amount to about $ 82 million, the project should pay back in 18-20 months.

The economic block of administration has already developed a variant of tax and legal regulation of the first residents of the technopark. A key condition for the efficiency of the new cluster will be the cost of electricity no more than $ 0.05 per kWh. The first operation at the LNPP-2 power unit are planned to start in December, and the power engineering will go to full capacity next year. Farm equipment can become a ready infrastructure for other projects related to finance, artificial intelligence and neural networks.

In the other countries, for example Canada, the government supports mining startups. It provides discounts on electricity for miners.

Microsoft Word Has Mining Vulnerability, Votiro Says

According to researhers, vulnerability is caused by the new feature of Microsoft Word
22 February 2018   47

Java mining scripts for Monero can be run inside Word documents. This became possible thanks to a new feature that appeared in the latest versions of Microsoft Office products. It allows you to add text to the video using the iframe insertion code. The file itself does not become harder, because the view is done online. This is reporte by Block Tribune.

The problem was noticed by a researcher from the Israeli company Votiro Amit Dori. He writes that the video player is actually a disguised Internet Explorer browser that operates in an offline mode. In addition, Word allows you to insert links to any site on the Internet, even if it is not in the white list.

You can protect yourself by maintaining an up-to-date machine with all security patches and updates installed. Furthermore, if you spot a serious CPU rise while watching an online video in Word, be aware it might be an in-browser miner and close the video frame.
 

Amit Dori

Security researcher, Votiro

The scammer can place the video in his own domain, adding to it a Java-script for mining. It is worth the user to click on the playback, as the crypto miner starts to mine Monero, parasitizing on the power of its processor.