Scientists use the supercomputer of a nuclear plant in Russia for Bitcoin production - Technology
Scientists use the supercomputer of a nuclear plant in Russia for Bitcoin production

Scientists use the supercomputer of a nuclear plant in Russia for Bitcoin production

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Russian police arrested on Friday some scientists working in a nuclear factory under the charge of producing virtual coins.

The suspects are said to have used Russia's most powerful computer to "dig" bitcoin to report domestic media.

The Federal Nuclear Center in Sarov in Western Russia is a restricted access zone. According to the center, efforts have been made to exploit factory computers for private purposes, such as virtual currency digging.

Super computer was supposed to not have been connected to the Internet to prevent outside interference and when scientists acted against this rule, the Federal Security Service was notified.

"A criminal case has been opened against them," the Interfax news agency wrote. Cryptographic currencies like Bitcoin are not based on centralized computers. People offer their computer power to keep the system functioning and enable transactions. So they are rewarded in Bitcoin.

During the Cold War, Russia's first nuclear bomb was built in Sarov. This top secret village was not displayed on any map and citizens had to be equipped with a special permission to enter.

At this center work 20,000 people and its supercomputer has a performance of 1 petaflops capable of performing 1,000 trillion calculations per second.

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