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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Russian security officers have arrested several scientists working at a top-secret Russian nuclear warhead facility for allegedly mining crypto-currencies. The suspects had tried to use one of Russia's most powerful supercomputers to mine Bitcoins, media reports say. The Federal Nuclear Centre in Sarov, western Russia, is a restricted area. The center's press service said: "There has been an unsanctioned attempt to use computer facilities for private purposes including so-called mining."

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The supercomputer was not supposed to be connected to the internet -- to prevent intrusion -- 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), the Russian news service Mash says.

Crypto-currencies like Bitcoin do not rely on centralised computer servers. People who provide computer processing power to the crypto-currency system, to enable transactions to take place, can get rewards in Bitcoins. ...

The Federal Nuclear Center reportedly employs 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.

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You can't fault a guy for trying to put food on the table.

#1 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2018-02-10 01:17 AM | Reply

That's called a "burn-in test."

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-02-10 01:20 AM | Reply

They forgot to bribe the right people.

#3 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-02-10 11:06 AM | Reply

It seems like internet speed would be a limiting reagent in this scenario

#4 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-02-10 12:29 PM | Reply

LOL
"We are only angry that these counter-revolutionaries dare not allow us to wet our fingers a little in the activity of ignoble scientists!"
--KGB--

#5 | Posted by e1g1 at 2018-02-11 07:42 PM | Reply

In Capitalist Russia, coin bites YOU!!!

#6 | Posted by madscientist at 2018-02-11 11:02 PM | Reply

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