Researchers that are working at one of Russia’s most secret nuclear offices have been captured by state police for professedly attempting to utilize the site’s powerful research PCs to mine bitcoins.
The suspects had tried to implement internet network on one powerful research computer that was not supposed to be connected to the network. That was enough to light up the red flag at the security department. They were handed over to the Federal Security Service (FSB), the Russian news service Mash says.
“Their activities were stopped in time,” said Zalesskaya. She added: “The bungling miners have been detained by the competent authorities. As far as we are aware, a criminal case has been launched against them,” the press service told Interfax news agency.
Mining is a way to amass cryptocoins without paying for them. But it requires massive amounts of computing power and energy. Recently it has become more difficult for small-scale miners to compete with major operations with mighty mining setups. And now those mining startups might also have to compete with nuclear facility supercomputers.