Russian security forces have arrested several scientists working on a top-secret Russian nuclear warhead facility for allegedly mining of crypto-currencies.
The suspect had tried one of Russia’s most powerful supercomputers to mine Bitcoins, says reports in the media.
The Federal Nuclear Center in Sarov, in the West of Russia, is a restricted area.
The center of the press-service said: “There has been an unauthorized attempt to computer facilities for private purposes, including so-called mining.”
The supercomputer was not actually connected to the internet, in order to prevent penetration and when the scientists attempted to do so, the nuclear center, the Department of safety and security was alerted. They were handed over to the Federal Security Service (FSB), the Russian news service Mash says.
“As far as we are aware, a criminal case, the press has been initiated against them,” the service told Interfax news agency.
Crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin and do not rely on a Central computer Server. People, to allow the computing power of crypto-currency system, transactions take place, the rewards in Bitcoins.
In the Cold war, the USSR was produced the first atomic bomb in Sarov, during Joseph Stalin’s rule.
The top-secret town was not even marked on Soviet maps and special permits are needed for the Russians to visit them.
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Sarov is surrounded by a heavily guarded no-man’s-land to keep out with barbed wire fences for the curious.
It is suspected that the radioactive polonium-210 to kill ex-FSB agent Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006, came from Sarov.
The Federal Nuclear center reportedly employs up to 20,000 people, and his supercomputer with a capacity of 1 petaflop, equivalent to 1,000 trillion calculations per second.
Mining of crypto-currencies requires a large computing power and huge amounts of energy.
There are reports that some of the other industrial equipment that is used in Russia, bought for crypto-mining, and a business man supposedly two power plants for the activity.
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