Russian scientists tried to mine Bitcoin using government’s technical resources

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The system, which is used for simulating weapons tests, is capable of performing 1,000 trillion calculations per second. They tried to connect in Internet the supercomputer which usually stays offline to ensure security. “There has been an unsanctioned attempt to use computer facilities for private purposes including so-called mining,” said Tatyana Zalesskaya, head of the Institute’s press service. The facility is so secret that it was left off Soviet maps; Sarov is surrounded by fences and guarded by the Russian military.

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Cryptocurrency speculation and mining have generated big interest in Russia. The businessman Alexey Kolesnik recently bought two power plants in the Russian republics of Perm Krai and Udmurtia to be used exclusively to generate electricity for Bitcoin-mining data centers. At the same time a large number of companies “with large computing capacity” have recently experienced attempts to harness their computing infrastructure for cryptocurrency mining as a temptation of the actual era. Tussia intends to ask criptocurrency miners to register with a central authority.

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