Employee Fined for Illegally Mining Bitcoin at Nuclear Research Center

A staff at a nuclear research center in the closed town of Sarov in Russia was fined for unlawfully mining Bitcoin (BTC).

As per a September 27 article by Russian news agency Meduza, a man was fined 450,000 rubles ($7,000) for attempting to mine Bitcoin by utilizing a petaflop-capable supercomputer at his office, the All-Russian Scientific Research Institute in Sarov, Russia.

Sarov, roughly 230 miles east of Moscow, is a closed town since it is the Russian center for nuclear weapons research.

The court conveyed the decision on September 17. The nuclear research worker was indicted for illegal access to computer data and an infringement of the guidelines for storing data.

As previously reported, an Armenian IT firm was alleged of illicitly accessing electricity and utilizing it to mine digital currencies. The Armenian National Security Service asserted that the IT firm installed crypto mining equipment inside one of its hydropower plants and accordingly unlawfully expended 1.5 million kilowatt-hours of power—worth over $150,000, locally—through the span of one and a half years.

In May, it was reported that the state officials of China’s Sichuan territory were examining nearby Bitcoin mining farms that purportedly been built illegally. Over 30,000 Bitcoin mining machines were purportedly built without official endorsement from the local government and were subject to further investigation.