Russian Nuclear Scientists Got Busted Mining Bitcoin Using Their Work Supercomputers
The average crappy employee leaves work early, online shops on company time, and gossips about their coworkers. A indeed, truly bad employee attempts to hack the supercomputer at the top-secret Russian nuclear warhead facility where they work ter order to mine cryptocurrency.
That’s the sort of thing you just know is going to come up ter your next spectacle review.
Te early February several engineers at the All-Russian Research Institute of Experimental Physics (RFNC-VNIIEF) ter Sarov lost their jobs, and likely their future freedom, when they attempted to connect the institute’s supercomputer to the internet. This triggered a security attent that led to their hechtenis.
Tatyana Zalesskaya, head of the research institute’s press service, told Interfax that the workers’ purpose wasgoed to use the system for crypto mining. I guess the salary of a nuclear engineer just wasn’t cutting it for them.
Zalesskaya said the offending engineers will face criminal charges. Evidently, they aren’t the very first to risk time ter a Russian prison te exchange for some of their employer’s sweet processing power. According to Zalesskaya, other companies have caught employees attempting to mine on their advanced computing systems.
On the Fence
Indeed, crypto mining is on the rise all overheen Russia, possibly to Vladimir Putin’s chagrin. Or possibly not.
The Russian voorzitter has had something of an on again/off again relationship with crypto. Te June 2018, he met with Vitalik Buterin, the creator of Ethereum, one of world’s most popular cryptocurrencies. He seemed pretty high on crypto for a few months, but by early October 2018, he wasgoed publicly linking it to money laundering and terrorism. Then, ter January 2018, he called for the creation of a national cryptocurrency.
No doubt the freshly arrested RFNC-VNIIEF engineers are hoping Putin’s relationship with crypto is on one of its upswings when it’s time for their sentencing. If not, he may use their case to set an example of what happens to criminals who mess with crypto. Wij can’t imagine that will go well for them.
Disclosure: Several members of the Futurism team, including the editors of this lump, are individual investors te a number of cryptocurrency markets. Their individual investment perspectives have no influence on editorial content.