Final Russian Nuclear Scientist Jailed For Mining Bitcoin At Work

Russian nuclear scientist jailed for using a national research facility’s supercomputer to mine Bitcoin.

A Russian scientist and former employee at the nation’s premier nuclear research facility was jailed on Oct. 24, for his part in a scheme to secretly mine Bitcoin using the facility’s supercomputers. 

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According to an Oct. 25 report by RT, former employee Andrey Rybkin was sentenced to 3 years and three months in prison, for the “unauthorized use of computer capabilities.” Two of his colleagues were previously fined for their roles in the plot, with one also receiving a suspended prison sentence.

He was also ordered to pay a fine of 200,000 roubles ($3,130), after trying to use a new supercomputer at the facility to mine Bitcoin.

The centre is located in the Russian city of Sarov, 370km from Moscow. Sarov is a “closed city”, meaning foreigners and tourists are prohibited, and even non-resident Russians must get a special permit to visit.

Best of three

As Cointelegraph reported last month, one of Rybkin’s collaborators was fined 450,000 roubles (US$7000) but escaped jail.

The other employee involved reportedly received a fine and a four year suspended prison sentence.

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10/25/2019 - 18:07
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