Two engineers working at a secret Russian nuclear facility have used one of the country’s most powerful supercomputers to dig up Bitcoins.
The incident took place at the highly confidential Federal Nuclear Center in Sarov, western Russia. This is where the Soviet scientists created the first nuclear bomb in the Cold War.
To understand the seriousness of the incident, it should be noted that the Sarov nuclear facility is not on any of the Russian maps.
This is a top secret facility, separate from the rest of Sarov and carefully guarded with barbed wire fencing and access to areas subject to special permits.
The Federal Nuclear Center is located in an isolated town with about 20,000 employees. This place puts the super powerful computer with the ability to calculate 1,000 trillion calculations per second (1 petaflop).
This supercomputer has been in operation since 2011, and for security reasons people have disconnected from the Internet.
Two engineers at the Russian Federation’s Nuclear Power Center have used the supercomputer to dig up coin, which requires more processing power and an Internet connection.
Shortly after the two engineers connected the supercomputer to the Internet, a warning was sent to the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB). Investigators caught the red flag at the battle.
Called the “Mountain Miners” nickname, the identities of the two engineers were not revealed. Both were released from jail but were banned from leaving their residence.
The Bitcoin platform consists of several parts, including coin creation and transaction tracking. There is no central bank like to manage these components. Instead, Bitcoin relies on the anonymous and computerized digging of these people.
Digging coin is the method of making money coding without having to buy, of course it would cost more in other respects, mostly for hardware costs. The stronger the computer, the more likely it is to dig a coin. Russian supercomputers are, of course, too powerful for this job.
Demand for coding in Russia is rising sharply. The government plans to launch CryptoRuble in the middle of next year. This codec will be used to deal with international sanctions when dealing with other countries.
Apart from the above case, the peachers of Russia are equally bloody. The media reported that an individual bought two power stations only to serve for digging. An electric network in Russia has been burned recently because of too many people digging in. Even other industries are mobilized to dig up coin.