Russia Arrests Nuclear Scientists for Trying to Mine Bitcoin - Gainesville Coins News
No Minimum order! We accept Pay with Credit Card
Call Us: (813) 482-9300 Mon-Fri 9:00AM-6:00PM EST
Login or Register
Log into your account
About Gainesville Coins ®
Billions Of Dollars Bought And Sold A+ BBB Rating 10+ Years No Hidden Fees Or Commissions All Inventory Ships Directly From Our Vault

Russia Arrests Nuclear Scientists for Trying to Mine Bitcoin

blog | Published On by
Russia Arrests Nuclear Scientists for Trying to Mine Bitcoin

computer code hacking

It seems that everybody is trying to get rich quick with cryptocurrencies these days.

Many investors, particularly those with little experience, are finding out that this can be a rather risky undertaking.

However, a group of Russian scientists working for the Kremlin ran afoul of their employer by plotting to use state resources to mine cryptocurrency.

Security Risk Prompts Arrests by Russian Government

Russia has actually been exploring its own state-issued cryptocurrency. Yet, like many governments around the world, it's also cracked down on trading and mining of existing cryptos.

Such virtual currencies are still viewed by state authorities as a way to evade taxes and launder money.

It's worth noting that the Kremlin has been actively supporting the value of the ruble by stockpiling gold. Its gold reserves increased by more than 200 metric tons for the third year in a row in 2017, as 224 MT were added.


Russia's official gold reserves have risen by about 1,400 tons over the last decade.

The fact that employees hired by the state would attempt to use a government facility to mine bitcoins—and think they wouldn't be caught—is rather surprising.

Scientists at Russia's Federal Nuclear Center, the same highly-guarded facility where the former U.S.S.R. developed its first nuclear bomb, concocted the idea of using the center's supercomputer for their own personal gain.

It's true that the more computing power you can allocate to the task, the faster you can "mine" for digital currencies.

However, doing so would've exposed one of the country's strongest supercomputers to a potential security breach by connecting it to the internet.

The machine remains offline in order to protect it from any infiltration or hacking attempt. When the scientists in question tried to start mining, it triggered a security alert.

According to the BBC, these nuclear scientists now face criminal charges.

This stands as a prime example that even brilliant people can still make incredibly stupid mistakes!


The opinions and forecasts herein are provided solely for informational purposes, and should not be used or construed as an offer, solicitation, or recommendation to buy or sell any product.

About the Author

Everett Millman

Everett Millman

Analyst, Commodities and Finance
Managing Editor

Everett has been the head content writer and market analyst at Gainesville Coins since 2013. He has a background in History and is deeply interested in how gold and silver have historically fit into the financial system.

In addition to blogging, Everett's work has been featured in CoinWeek, Advisor Perspectives, Wealth Management, Activist Post, and has been referenced by the Washington Post.

This site uses cookies for analytics and to deliver personalized content. By continuing to browse our site, you agree that you have read and understand our Privacy Policy.