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A Russian Nuclear Scientist Discovered Crypto Mining At Work

A nuclear scientist in Russia has been fined by authorities after it was revealed he tried to use one of the country’s most powerful supercomputers to mine BTC at work.

Denis Baykov, an employee of the secret All-Russian Scientific Research Institute of Experimental Physics in Sarov, about 400 km from Moscow, was fined 450,000 rubles by a city court.

Equivalent to $7,000, the fine follows his conviction for turning the supercomputer into a mining BTC for his own benefit, in partnership with several colleagues.

In court, Baykov was found guilty of charges of illegal access to data and violation of rules relating to the operation of the computer. Two other employees of the facility, Andrei Rybkin and Andrei Shatokhin, are awaiting sentencing in connection with the allegations.

According to local media, the men were tasked with overseeing the upkeep of the secret site and the technology hosted there, responsibilities they allegedly abused through their crypto mining deception.

A top-secret site where the first Soviet nuclear weapon was developed in 1949, Sarov is home to some of Russia’s most powerful supercomputers capable of rapidly processing huge volumes of transaction data.

According to some reports, supercomputers can reach speeds of over 1,000 transactions per second and operate on a private network separate from the open Internet for security reasons.

Attorney Alexei Kovalyov, representing one of the defendants, said the individuals developed software to cover their tracks and used the supercomputer to mine crypto for a period before the detection.

I can say one thing with certainty: they were not detained the first day they started mining.

The Stalin-era facility is considered to be of significant national security importance, with access to the site strictly limited. On a day-to-day basis, the facility is locked down and under 24-hour surveillance to prevent unauthorized access.

The misuse of the supercomputer saw those involved immediately handed over to Russia’s Federal Security Service, with today’s fine the conclusion of Baykov’s involvement.

At the time of their arrest, the incident was widely reported internationally, due to the site’s historical significance as the birthplace of the first Soviet atomic bomb.

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