Russian Scientists Arrested for Crypto Mining at Nuclear Lab
According to the reports, the scientists were using one of Russia’s most powerful supercomputers for mining Bitcoins. The Federal Nuclear Centre in Sarov, western Russia which is a restricted area.
“There has been an unsanctioned attempt to use computer facilities for private purposes including so-called mining.”
The Russian news service Mash said that the supercomputer was not thought to be connected to the internet – to stop interference – and once the scientists attempted to do so, the nuclear center’s security department was alerted. They were handed over to the Federal Security Service (FSB).
Interfax news agency told:
“As far as we are aware, a criminal case has been launched against them.”
Crypto-currencies like Bitcoin do not rely on centralized computer servers. People who provide computer processing power to the crypto-currency system, to enable transactions to take place, will get rewards in Bitcoins.
The Federal Nuclear Centre has employees up to 20,000 people and its supercomputer boasts a capacity of 1 petaflop, the equivalent of 1,000 trillion calculations per second.
Mining crypto-currencies requires great computational power and huge amounts of energy.