Russian Scientists Arrested for Mining Cryptocurrency at Nuclear Facility

Mining for cryptocurrencies like bitcoin requires a lot of processing power, particularly as the process of mining continues to grow more complex. Those who are seriously into mining spend tens of thousands of dollars on special rigs to mine bitcoin. One can only imagine how useful a supercomputer would be for this purpose but perhaps it would be best to shun the thought if you happen to work at a nuclear weapons lab in Russia. As you can probably imagine, the Federal Nuclear Centre in Sarov, western Russia, is a heavily guarded facility. It’s where the Soviet Union’s first nuclear bomb was designed and where work continues to this day.The center’s press service has confirmed that “There has been an unsanctioned attempt to use computer facilities for private purposes including so-called mining.” The scientists who tried to do this have since been arrested and handed over to the Federal Security Service. A criminal case has been launched against them but it hasn’t been rev

Russian Scientists Arrested for Mining Cryptocurrency at Nuclear Facility

Several Russian scientists working in one of the country's most secure research facilities thought they could use the in-house supercomputer to mine some coins. The post Russian Scientists ...

Tue 13 Feb 18 from Extremetech

Russian Scientists Arrested For Mining Bitcoin In Nuclear Weapons Lab

Mining for cryptocurrencies like bitcoin requires a lot of processing power, particularly as the process of mining continues to grow more complex. Those who are seriously into mining spend ...

Sun 11 Feb 18 from Ubergizmo

Russian nuke researchers arrested for illicit crypto-mining

MOSCOW (AP) -- Two employees of Russia's top nuclear research institute have been arrested for using the facility's supercomputer for crypto-currency mining....

Sat 10 Feb 18 from AP

Russian nuclear weapons staff arrested in cryptocurrency scheme - CNET

The Russian Federal Nuclear Center reportedly catches scientists trying to make money by using computing power to process cryptocurrency transactions.

Fri 9 Feb 18 from CNET

Russian nuclear scientists arrested for 'Bitcoin mining plot'

Reports say scientists at a Russian nuclear bomb factory tried to mine crypto-currencies.

Fri 9 Feb 18 from BBC Technology

One simple way to get caught crypto-mining on the office supercomputer

If you’ve got a supercomputer, you might as well use it for something worthwhile. A group of nuclear engineers at the All-Russian Research Institute of Experimental Physics clearly agree: an ...

Fri 9 Feb 18 from Fastcompany Tech

Russians Held for 'Mining Bitcoin' At Top Nuclear Lab

Engineers at Russia's top nuclear research facility have been detained after they attempted to mine bitcoin on its computers, Russian news agencies reported Friday. Several employees at the ...

Fri 9 Feb 18 from Voice of America

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