Russian nuke researchers arrested for illicit crypto-mining
February 11, 2018
MOSCOW (AP) — Two employees of Russia's top nuclear research institute have been arrested for using the facility's supercomputer for crypto-currency mining.
Russian news agencies cited the Russian Federal Nuclear Center as confirming the arrests on Friday. But the reports did not indicate whether the employees had made any money from the computer use. In mining, computers are used to solve mathematical problems to verify transactions and are rewarded in crypto-currency.
The center, in the closed-off city of Sarov, 400 kilometers (240 miles) east of Moscow, is a research and development fa...