One of the pillars of Blockchain and digital currency is mining. Mining is crucial for the maintenance and stability of the entire ecosystem, with miners receiving cryptocoins as a reward for their contribution.
Recently, in Russia, several nuclear scientists accused of using the supercomputer present at the Sarov Nuclear Federal Nuclear Power Plant for cryptocurrency mining were detained.
The city of Sarov is known for being highly restricted, the site of the genesis of the first nuclear bomb of the former USSR and where one of the most powerful supercomputers in Russia is currently located.
This supercomputer, released in 2011, has a graphical power of 1 petaflop/if it is used in the development of the investigations elaborated in the Central. At the time it was designed and ranked as the 12th most powerful computer in the world.
Taking this power into account, the Russian supercomputer is a very interesting piece of equipment for crypto-coin mining. Certainly it was with this determination that Russian scientists tried to connect the supercomputer to the Internet and then proceed to the mining of digital currency.
However, the supercomputer has a warning mechanism when it is connected to the network, due to security procedures and in order to prevent intrusions. In this way, the Federal Security Services were alerted, which resulted in the detention of the scientists involved.
The centre has already made public comment on the case, by the spokeswoman Tatiana Zalesskaya, and confirmed that there was the use of equipment of the establishment for private profit, namely, mining crypto-coins.
“There has been an unsanctioned attempt to use computer facilities for private purposes including so-called mining.”
In addition, scientists will be tried for the acts and incur effective prison sentences.
“The bungling miners have been detained by the competent authorities. As far as I know, a criminal case has been issued against them.”
Russia has been particularly attentive to the reality of crypto-coins and their use. Its own virtual currency, CryptoRuble, is due to be launched in mid-2019 and some Russian banks have invested heavily in developing solutions based on Blockchain’s innovative and revolutionary technology.
In addition to these investments, the Russian authorities are considering a possible law that will tax commercial revenues from crypto-coins.
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