Russian nuclear scientists arrested for using supercomputer to mine cryptocurrency

Several nuclear scientists posted at a nuclear warhead facility in Russia were arrested after authorities discovered that they were trying to use a supercomputer at the facility to mine cryptocurrency.

The nuclear scientists were caught after they tried to connect a supercomputer to the Internet to use it for private purposes, including cryptocurrency mining.

The top-secret nuclear warhead facility in Sarov, known as the All-Union Scientific Research Institute of Experimental Physics, is so closely guarded that the town itself was declared closed after the centre was set up in 1946. The facility continues to be principally involved in the development, production, storage, and utilisation of nuclear weapons as well as the recycling of radioactive and other materials.