Russian Engineers Arrested For Using Nuclear Weapons Facility To Mine Cryptocurrency

Russians held for ‘mining bitcoin’ at top nuclear lab

Russian nuclear scientists arrested for 'Bitcoin mining plot'

During the Cold War, the USSR's first atomic bomb was produced at Sarov.

Russian Federation has busted engineers working at a classified nuclear research facility for using powerful government supercomputers to mine for cryptocurrencies.

Sarov is part of the heart of Russia's nuclear operations.

Multiple people in Russian Federation who had access to one of the country's most powerful computers allowed their curiosity to get the best of them, and they wound up in jail for it.

Several scientists working at a nuclear weapons facility in Russian Federation were arrested this week on the suspicion that they used one of the country's most powerful supercomputers to mine bitcoins, the BBC reported. The supercomputer is not supposed to be connected to the internet, which was the scientists' undoing-once they attempted an online connection to mine cryptocurrency, an alert was sent to the facility's security department, which in turn contacted the Federal Security Service (FSB). The scientists were then handed over to the Federal Security Service (FSB). Head of the institute's press service, Tatyana Zalesskaya, confirmed the arrests to Russian news agency Interfax.

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Why did they try to use that particular supercomputer to mine Bitcoins? Innovations in computing provide an endless supply of new schemes, whether it's cryptocurrency mining, phishing scams to break into your bank account or ransomware that locks up your laptop.

The nuclear center employs about 20,000 people; it's supercomputer can do the equivalent of 1,000 trillion calculations per second, the BBC reported.

Mining crypto-currencies requires great computational power and huge amounts of energy. There have also been other attempts to illicitly use corporate systems for mining.

Sarov is surrounded by a tightly guarded no-man's-land, with barbed wire fences to keep the curious away.

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