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Russian Authorities Arrest Engineers for Cryptocurrency Mining at Nuclear Weapons Site

The nuclear weapons facility employees reportedly tried to mine cryptocurrency via a supercomputer.

Russian media is reporting that authorities have arrested several engineers working at a major nuclear weapons facility after they were caught trying to mine cryptocurrency with the facility's supercomputer, according to Gizmodo.

The Sarov-based All-Russian Research Institute of Experimental Physics is a highly sensitive and guarded facility reportedly with some 20,000 employees and a petaflap-speed supercomputer. It's also where the USSR built its first nuclear bomb.

The engineers' scheme reportedly was detected after they tried to link the mostly offline supercomputer to the Internet.

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2/9/2018 | 12:19:36 PM
WOPR - Do you want to play a game?
Frightening of course but a computer is a computer is a ocmputer no matter what it does or where it sits. What does matter is how well it is protected from the outside and who uses it on the inside.  
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