At the moment, news is breaking that Russian engineers have been arrested for trying to mine cryptocurrency in a top secret nuclear weapons facility. In various outlets, stories are appearing that several Russian engineers employed at the All-Russian Research Institute of Experimental Phsics in Sarov, a top secret nuclear weapons facility.
According to the reports, the engineers were busted in the midst of a cryptocurrency mining scheme while they were at work. According to the reports, the nuclear facility the cryptocurrency-mining scheme took place at was the same nuclear facility where the USSR built its first nuclear bomb. While the facility currently employs about 20,000, it is unclear how many of these employees were arrested for being part of the mining scheme.
The Perfect Mining Facility
At the end of the day, the top-secret nuclear facility would have made the perfect cryptocurrency mining facilities. After all, it is the host of the country’s strongest supercomuter, one that is among the strongest in the world. The supercomputer has the capacity to run at one petaflop. This means that it can perform one quadrillion operations per second. Of course, this overwhelmingly powerful supercomputer was built for running nuclear and scientific calculations and simulations, but it also makes for one heck of a mining machine.
The would-be cryptocurrency mining engineers saw this as the perfect opportunity. The goal was to use the power of this supercomputer in order to mine cryptocurrency; what would seem to be a relatively simple and overwhelmingly lucrative task. Ultimately, mining is a way of getting your hands on cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Litecoin, and more without paying for them. However, in order to mine, a powerful computer system is needed, making the Russian supercomputer the perfect machine for the job. After all, why would these engineers want to pay thousands of dollars to build their own mining machines when they’ve got one of the best machines ever built right there at work?
How They Got Caught!
Interestingly enough, some of the world’s most powerful computers are generally offline. Especially supercomputers that hold top-secret data in top-secret facilities, like the Russian nuclear facility. However, if you want to mine bitcoin or any other cryptocurrency, you need to connect to the internet.
So, in order to make their mine work, the engineers would have to connect this generally offline machine to the internet. As soon as they tried, the red flags went up! This was what led to the failure of the plan put together by the engineers. Ultimately, the red flags caused by trying to connect the supercomputer to the internet led to them getting caught. The reports of the mining scheme were quickly validated when a Tatyana Zalesskaya, head of research institute press service, told Interfax the following:
Indeed, there was an attempt to unauthorized use of office computing capacities for personal purposes, including for so-called mining.
‘Mountain-miners’ were detained by competent authorities. As far as we know, a criminal case has been instituted against them.
Such attempts have recently been registered in a number of large companies with large computing facilities, which will be severely suppressed at our enterprises, this is technically a hopeless and criminal offense.
If You’re Going To Mine, Do It Legally
If done properly, cryptocurrency mining can be very lucrative. In fact, Business Insider contributor Antonio Villas-Boas recently wrote about the fact that he just started mining and it’s already profitable. While there will be startup expenses, the best way to go about mining is to buy your own equipment. Don’t face being fired or even criminal charges for hijacking systems at work like these literal rocket scientists did! Instead, make an initial investment, create your own mining machines, and reap the rewards of your labor!