The following is an excerpt from AJ DELLINGER | February 9, 2018 | ibtimes.com |
Russian security officials arrested a number of scientists working at a secret Russian nuclear weapons facility for allegedly using lab equipment to mine for cryptocurrencies, according to Russia's Interfax News Agency .
The engineers arrested in the incident were working at the All-Russian Research Institute of Experimental Physics (RFNC-VNIIEF). No official criminal charges have been announced and law enforcement has not said how many members of the operation were detained.
A spokesperson for the institute told Interfax that the group of scientists attempted to mine for cryptocurrency with “office computing resources”—a violation that put the operations of the lab at risk.
"There has been an unsanctioned attempt to use computer facilities for private purposes including so-called mining," Tatyana Zalesskaya, head of the Institute's press service, said. Zalesskaya also indicated there is a pending criminal case being launched against the engineers.
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