Bitcoin mining and cryptocurrency have been the rave, and their popularity has reached an all-time high since bitcoin has proven itself to be the genie that can convert a mere investment of thousands into millions.
For those of you who are new to the world of cryptocurrency, bitcoin is a digital currency released by an anonymous person (to this day) and is mostly used for online purchases (most notably in the dark web). It was evident that it wouldn’t have taken long for people to try to earn or ‘create ‘this currency since it promised a rich future. Now how this works is basically you need a GPU or a PC to mine, however, due to its low power, it’s a slow process.
However, this didn’t deter a Russian scientist, who apparently had the genius plan to use one of the most powerful computers, Nuclear Super Computer for mining, to speed up the process.
The Super Computer:
- Installed at the nuclear agency in 2011.
- Had a processing power of 1 petaflop. That’s equivalent to 1,000 trillion calculations per second! (The computer is the 12th most powerful computer in the world)
- The computer would’ve been a prime candidate to serve as the staircase to bitcoin heaven since mining bitcoins requires excellent computational power as well as a large source of energy to run it.
The Scientists (who by the way worked at the secret factory where the first USSR Russian bomb was made) connected the super-computer to the internet in order for the mining process to begin, which was a red alert as it could allow intrusion to occur. However, as soon as they did, the security department was alerted of the activity, and the process was halted before it began. The Scientists were then handed to the Federal Security Service (FSB)and as of now are facing charges.
“Indeed, there was an attempt at the unauthorized use of office computing capacities for personal purposes, including for so-called mining,” are the words said by the head of the research institute’s press service, Tatyana Zalesskaya, to Russian news service Interfax.
The Event transpired in the city of Serov, a highly secured closed town, which allows only authorized people to enter. It’s a Russia’s central town for the purpose of nuclear research (its development, production, and storage).
However, this wasn’t the first time a large company equipped with a large computer (having powerful computing capacities) has tried to exploit their technology for bitcoin. The governors of two Russian regions have shown interest in making a collaboration to form a bitcoin mining facility. In another incident, Russian businessmen had planned on buying 2 power stations for the same mining purposes.
The scientists have been detained so far and may face criminal charges. One would’ve assumed, that for a couple of scientists, they would’ve been smart enough to see this coming.