Law Enforcement Authorities in Russia and Ukraine arrested suspects with classes of (super) working computers for Bitcoin mining.
The most interesting case was in Russia, where FSB secret service agents arrested many suspects who had used one of Russia's most powerful supercomputers for Bitcoin mining.
Scientists captured for Bitcoin mining used the supercomputer of a nuclear power plant.
The incident is being investigated by the FSB and not by the police, because the supercomputer was at the Institute of Experimental Physics (RFNC-VNIIEF) at the Russian Nuclear Research Laboratory.
Sarov is an isolated city guarded by the Russian army and only scientists and employees of the nuclear center can enter, leave, or reside in the city.
Russian news agency Interfax reports that the supercomputer used for the Bitcoin mine was a secure system and did not need to be connected to the internet because of the data stored and processed.
The suspects who apparently linked the supercomputer to the Internet to extract Bitcoin without realizing it, caused warnings in the system received by the institution's security staff. The suspects were promptly identified and handed over to the authorities. The number of suspects or their names has not been made public.
But arrests in Russia were not the only ones.
On Friday, the Ukrainian police made a similar arrest. According to one Press release, the authorities of Ukraine arrested a professor from the Lutsk University to use an institution's computer resources for Bitcoin mining.
The video from arresting the suspect indicates that the suspect had created a mini data center in his office, with several mining facilities through the GPU.
Such rigs are known to consume too much electricity and generate a lot of noise, which seems to be the reason why it was discovered and referred to the authorities.
Watch the video: