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Two nuclear engineers detained for attempted use of secret supercomputer for cryptocurrency mining

The Federal Security Service (FSB) agents detained two engineers who were using supercomputer for mining bitcoins from their workplace at the closed nuclear center in Sarov, Nizhny Novgorod Region.

The supercomputer designed for complex scientific research-related calculations was being misused by the engineers for mining bitcoins. Initially, the device had no Internet connection, but this problem was solved by the two enterprising research staff members. Upon establishing internet connection, they started mining “digital gold”.

However, the hapless would-be-miners were left no time to benefit from such a “brilliant idea” of theirs. They got busted before they could mine their first bitcoins, thanks to the nuclear facility’s own security service detecting the connection of the supercomputer to the Internet and alerting the FSB of the incident.

The enterprising employees were detained and are now subject to a restricted residence order until the conclusion of proceedings.

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