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.
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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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.
Final Russian Nuclear Scientist Sentenced Over Illicit Crypto Mining
A Russian nuclear lab scientist will serve three years in a prison colony for illegally using government equipment to mine bitcoin.
Andrey Rybkin of the All-Russian Scientific Research Institute of Experimental Physics in Sarov, Russia, was the last employee of three to be sentenced by a local jurisdictional court according to Russian news source Meduza on Thursday. Rybkin will also pay a 200,000 ruble ($3,122) fine in addition to his prison time.
The other two employees convicted over the mining case were handed fines, and one a suspended four-year sentence, the report added.
Rybkin was specifically charged with infesting lab equipment with viruses and accessing digital information inappropriately for his position.
Noted for helping to produce the former Soviet Union’s first nuclear bomb, the Sarov lab holds some of Russia’s most powerful supercomputers. Rybkin, along with two other employees, accessed the lab’s network and a supercomputer to mine bicoin in May 2017. Equipment damages to the facility reportedly ran north of 1 million rubles ($15,605).
Former Venezuelan Gold Mining Company Wants to Centralize Bitcoin ATM Infrastructure
First Bitcoin Capital Corp. wants to unite the providers of bitcoin ATMs around the world.
His plan: link thousands of ATMs run by dozens of often small-time operators with a comprehensive know-your-customer, transaction monitoring and regulatory compliance solution that streamlines every aspect of the back-end business.
“We want to create a consortium of bitcoin ATM operators and put them on the global ATM network”, Rubin said. He said the consortium will roll out this year.
First Bitcoin’s network hinges on its recently acquired 2015 patent. U.S. 9,135,787 B1, otherwise known as “Bitcoin Kiosk/ATM Device and System Integrating Enrollment Protocol and Method of Using the Same”, came under First Bitcoin’s control last summer in exchange for 1.6 million shares, according to the SEC filing.
Rubin insisted the patent is more than a legal bludgeon. He said he has no desire to become a patent troll, referring to those those who scoop up intellectual property rights and then sue infringers, often frivolously, seeking compensation and damages.
“We don’t want to send two big Italian guys with baseball bats” to enforce the patent, Rubin said.
Instead, First Bitcoin will use the patent to make inroads among operators. Rubin said the relationship will be mutually beneficial: First Bitcoin will charge a flat transaction fee comparable to ATM fees, and operators will meet local compliance and regulatory burdens via its network.
Rubin said small-time operators stand to gain the most from this globalized network
“You cannot continue operating like you’re in the Stone Age with 10 machines”, he said. “We will be on top of the regulations, we will be on top of security. Your role is just to promote the business.”