Tuesday, 19 Feb 2019

Russian engineer was arrested after attempting to mine of Bitcoin at nuclear laboratory center


BitcoinBitcoin - Engineers at a Russian nuclear research facility have been arrested after they tried to mince bitcoins on their computers, Russian news agencies reported on Friday, February 9, 2018.

Some engineers at the Russian Federal Nuclear Center in the city of Sarov have been arrested after "attempting to use work facilities for personal purposes, including for so-called bitcoin mining," a spokeswoman for the center, Tatiana Zalesskaya told Interfax news agency.


"The careless miners have been detained by the authorities," she added, without saying how many were detained.

Nuclear research facility is overseen by Rosatom, a Russian nuclear agent, and works to develop nuclear weapons.

In 2011, the nuclear research facility turned on a new supercomputer with a capacity of 1 petaflop, which at the time is the most powerful computer in the world, Russian television reported.

During the Cold War, Sarov was a secret city in the Nizhny Novgorod region, about 500 kilometers east of Moscow.

The center is the birthplace of the Soviet Union's first nuclear. Sarov is a closed city whose inhabitants are subject to travel restrictions.

Vladimir Putin visited the nuclear research center in 2012 while campaigning for president.


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