Russian Engineers Arrested For Using Nuclear Weapons Facility To Mine Cryptocurrency

Russian Engineers Arrested For Using Nuclear Weapons Facility To Mine Cryptocurrency

Russian Engineers Arrested For Using Nuclear Weapons Facility To Mine Cryptocurrency

Apparently the scientists used a supercomputer at the facility to mine cryptocurrency, and were subsequently arrested, BBC reports.

Who needs state-sponsored hackers to knock out your nuclear facility's operations with advanced malware if you can't trust what your own staff might be up to behind your back? "Similar attempts have recently been registered in a number of large companies with large computing capacities, which will be severely suppressed at our enterprises, institute spokeswoman Tatyana Zalesskaya told the Russian news agency Interfax".

Not the Brightest Idea

The remarks, which didn't provide further details about the case, came in response to reports on social media on Thursday saying the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) had busted two nuclear engineers.

The Institute is located in Sarov, a "closed" city east of Moscow where nuclear weapons research has been conducted since 1946.

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Using a supercomputer, miners would be able to solve the complex puzzles required to create more Bitcoin much quicker than a traditional computer would have been able to.

Bitcoin enthusiasts are rewarded lucratively for mining the cryptocurrency with a stash of newly minted cryptographically-signed Bitcoin.

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Sarov, the location of a nuclear weapons lab where scientist are accused of a cyrptocurrency scheme, is also home to this museum showing several historic Russian nuclear bombs.

These geniuses - and they must be brilliant people to work at this particular Russian nuclear facility, which employs some 20,000 people - thought they could connect a supercomputer capable of performing 1,000 trillion calculations per second to the internet to mine Bitcoin. But it requires massive amounts of computing power and energy.

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The town is surrounded by a tightly guarded no-man's-land, with barbed wire fences to keep the curious away. "That said, it's a good thing that the facility's security system appears to have been alerted to the unauthorized use of the computer quickly and the suspects quickly apprehended".

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