An employee of the Russian Federal Nuclear Center (RFNC-VNIIEF) Andrei Rybkin received three years in prison for mining cryptocurrencies at work. It is reported by Interfax with reference to the decision of the Sarov City Court.
Rybkin and two of his colleagues caused damage to the institute in the amount of more than 1.1 million rubles. The engineer was convicted of unlawful access to computer information using his official position (Article 272 of the Criminal Code), violation of the rules for storing computer information (Article 274 of the Criminal Code), use and spread of computer viruses (Article 273 of the Criminal Code). Along with a prison term, he received a fine of 200 thousand rubles and a ban on holding certain positions in the field of computer activities.
Earlier, the court sentenced Rybkin’s colleagues: one was sentenced to 4 years probation, the second was fined 450 thousand rubles.
The RFNC-VNIIEF, founded in 1946, is engaged in the development and support of Russian nuclear weapons. It developed the first domestic atomic and hydrogen bombs. The center’s specialists worked on a radioisotope source of energy, which they claim exploded on August 8 in the Arkhangelsk region.