Cryptocurrencies have already reached the so-called mainstream. This means that almost everyone has heard of BitCoin and other virtual currencies. This information also reached Russian scientists working at the Federal Nuclear Center in Sarov. They came up with a rather interesting idea of quick enrichment. The Russians planned to use a supercomputer located in the center with a computing power of 1 petaflop to extract cryptocurrencies. However, connecting the machine to the network has alerted the security services that arrested the would-be “crypto-investors”.
At the Federal Nuclear Center in Sarov under Stalin, the first atomic bomb in the USSR was developed. Now, this center deals, among others, with the implementation of advanced computer simulations to which a supercomputer located in the facility is used. The machine has a computing power of 1 petaflop, that is, it performs 1015 operations per second. For sure, it is much more efficient than many farm graphics cards used to extract cryptocurrency. However, for security reasons, the supercomputer is not connected to the Internet, which is required for digging BitCoin, Ethereum, Monero and other virtual currencies. Therefore, the attempt to connect a supercomputer to the Internet caused an alarm in the Federal Nuclear Center, which immediately informed the security services.
The FSB arrested nuclear scientists who wanted to extract cryptocurrencies.
The Russians are seriously interested in cryptocurrencies. One of the local businessmen – Alexei Kolesnik – recently bought two power plants, which he intends to use only to supply centers that dig cryptocurrency. It is also said that the case of Russian scientists is not isolated. Interfax – an international news agency in Russia – obtained information that companies with large computing resources have recently encountered attempts to use their infrastructure for extracting cryptocurrencies. Of course, all such attempts are unlawful, but aggrieved companies do not want public opinion to know about them.
Source: Ars Technica