Russians Caught Misusing State-Owned Supercomputer

Russians Caught Misusing State-Owned Supercomputer

Home mining rigs are just a drop in the ocean compared to scientific supercomputers. And crypto enthusiasts now that. This is why several employees at the Russian Nuclear Center in Sarov, connected the facility’s supercomputer to the internet and started to mine bitcoin.

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Home mining rigs are just a drop in the ocean compared to scientific supercomputers. And crypto enthusiasts now that. This is why several employees at the Russian Nuclear Center in Sarov, connected the facility’s supercomputer to the internet and started to mine bitcoin.

The names of the two employees are not disclosed nor the number of coins mined. The supercomputer in Sarov operates offline and the enthusiasts decided it would be a great idea if they put its enormous power to work. Unfortunately for them, the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) quickly discovered the unauthorized data on the machine and began investigations.

The two misbehaved persons are facing serious penalties and may even wind up in jail. They are accused of state-treason but official resources do not give further details. Currently, the employees are not arrested but are not allowed to leave the country. According to Tatyana Zalesskaya, the head of the facility’s press service, this was not the first time such attempts are made. She noted that at other facilities where supercomputers are available similar attempts took place.

Undoubtedly, it is a great idea to use them for mining – first, you get tremendous computer power that discovers blocks faster than home mining rigs and then you bypass the high electricity bills. For instance, the supercomputer in Sarov can deliver one petaflop – 1.000.000.000.000.000 FLOPS (floating point operations per second). Computer’s processor power is measured in FLOPS and only a handful of machines are capable of a petaflop.

The machine in Sarov is the most powerful in Russia and it calculates vast amounts of scientific data. This makes it perfect for mining since mining requires a lot of computational power that solves hash functions. The more functions solved, to higher the reward.

Russia itself offers a friendly climate for mining rigs because of its cold and long winter. Mining rigs tend to overheat with time and need to cool down in order to function properly. The government also seems to embrace cryptocurrencies and it even considers launching CryptoRuble.

 

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