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On Cryptocurrency Tracing Companies and Privacy on the Blockchain

I would like to address the issue of the privacy of cryptocurrency transactions, and the…

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Crypto && Coffee 020 | Security and Stablecoins

Technology Recap:  Bitcoin:  We are now 26 days away from the block reward halving.  The…

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Crypto && Coffee 019 | Thirty-Four Days Until the Halvening

Technology Recap:  Bitcoin:  BitMEX Research released Mining Incentives (Part 4): The Impact of The Halvening. We are…

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Crypto && Coffee 018 | Banque de France Publishes RFP for CBDC

Technology Recap:  Bitcoin:  We are less than 50 days away from the next block halving…

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Crypto && Coffee 017 | Blockchain Managers are Essential Personnel

Technology Recap:  Bitcoin:  Development on Taproot is progressing. This week a PR opened up on simplifying the code used for VerifyWitnessProgram.…

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COVID-19 Update

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, CipherTrace is focused on the health of our employees and…

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Crypto && Coffee 016 | Pull Requests and Volatile Markets

Technology Recap:  Bitcoin:  A pull-request (PR) that was originally issued in September of 2019 for Bitcoin Core, aimed…

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Analysis: How Chinese Nationals Linked to North Korea Laundered Hundreds of Millions of Dollars’ Worth of Stolen Cryptocurrency Through Several Banks and Cryptocurrency Exchanges

CipherTrace has previously reported on North Korea using cybercrime to avert economic sanctions and raise…

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Crypto && Coffee 015 | Buy Crypto with Credit

Technology Recap:  Bitcoin:  Bitcoin Core v0.19.1 has been released.  Bitcoin developer Bryan Bishop released python-bitcoinlib v0.11.0, now with segwit examples.   Developers…

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Crypto && Coffee 014 | Bitcoin Hash Rate Hits All-Time High

Technology Recap:  Bitcoin:  Bitcoin hash rate is currently at an all-time high. Full metrics here.   Ethereum: …

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SANCTIONS ALERT: New DRPK Crypto-related Designations

SANCTIONS UPDATE: On March 2, 2020, the following two individuals and their associated digital currency…

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OCC Hits New York Based Bank With First-Ever Enforcement Action for Lack of Crypto AML Compliance

On January 30, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued the first…

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Crypto && Coffee 013 | FATF Releases the Results of its February Meeting

Technology Recap:  Bitcoin:  The bitcoin-dev mailing list heated up this week with posts regarding how…

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Crypto && Coffee 012 | Lending Protocols Exploited

Technology Recap:  Bitcoin:  btcdeb (Bitcoin Script Debugger) by Kalle Alm now inherently supports miniscript. The tool now…

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Crypto && Coffee 011 | Bitcoin Exceeds 500 Million Transactions

 Technology Recap:  Bitcoin:  On February 5th, 2020, at block height 616064, Bitcoin surpassed 500 million transactions.   Ethereum: …

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Crypto && Coffee 010 | Mimblewimble Progress Report

Technology Recap:  BitcoinCash:  Bitcoin ABC v0.20.12 was released. This release includes fixes for multi-wallets and better…

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Crypto && Coffee 009 | Binance Launches P2P Merchant Program

Technology Recap:  Bitcoin:  Bitcoin had a stale block on January 26, 2020 at height 614,732.…

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Crypto Comes of Age: Cryptocurrency Travel Rule Compliance Conference and Hackathon Recap

Some in the cryptocurrency community were caught off guard when the global financial watchdog, the…

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ALERT: Tracing extorted bitcoin

CIPHERTRACE GLOBAL ALERT: New Phishing Attack Claims to Have Webcam Video of Victims Performing Embarrassing…

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Could Cryptocurrency Analytics Tip the Balance in America’s War on Opioids?

At the core of a growing opioid crisis is the deadliest drug in the US—Fentanyl.…

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SANCTIONS ALERT: Treasury Targets Chinese Drug Kingpins Fueling America’s Deadly Opioid Crisis

SANCTIONS UPDATE: On August 21, 2019, the following individuals and their associated digital currency addresses have…

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Everything You Need to Know About NYSDF BitLicense

Since its inception in 2015, the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYSDFS) BitLicense has been…

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Crypto Matrix - AML - Q2 Report Summary

Cryptocurrency Exchanges Grappling with New FATF Rule Requiring Disclosure of Customer Information

Governments have a new “travel rule” coming your way, and it has nothing to do…

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Three Ways to Prevent Exchange Hacks

The recent hack of the world’s biggest cryptocurrency exchange, Binance, highlights the need for heightened…

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Response to FATF Regarding Regulation and Monitoring of Virtual Asset Service Providers

In October 2018, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) amended its Recommendation to clarify how…

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CipherTrace Statement on Blockchain Analytics Privacy

In light of recent events regarding the acquisition of blockchain analytics company Neutrino, CipherTrace wants…

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Crypto Dusting - Blockchain Spam - Corrodes Reputations - Cryptocurrency AML

ALERT: Crypto Dusting is a New Type of Blockchain Spam that Corrodes Reputations and Impacts Cryptocurrency AML

People use mixers/tumblers as an attempt to preserve privacy when transacting with Bitcoin and other…

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Black Ripple Beads - Criminal Bitcoin - Dark Side Cryptocurrency

Criminal Bitcoin — How Deep is The Dark Side of the Most Widely Traded Cryptocurrency?

Bitcoin and blockchain technologies are sparking innovation in financial technology (FinTech), but they do have…

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Bitcoin Stack - FinCEN Director - Crypto Innovation - Bad Actors

FinCEN Director Lauds Crypto Innovation While Citing Need to Reign in Bad Actors

Treasury working closely with the IRS for examination Some surprising facts regarding the state of…

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CipherTrace Maltego Transform

CipherTrace Integration into Maltego Significantly Expands Bitcoin Forensics Capabilities Maltego is a popular security research…

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ALERT: Spike in bitcoin extortion

CIPHERTRACE GLOBAL ALERT: Spike in Extortion Scams Demanding Bitcoin Payment Global Alert, August 3, 2018:…

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Crypto Matrix - AML - Q2 Report Summary

Q2 Crypto AML Report Summary

Recently released research by CipherTrace has been making the news partly because of some surprising…

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Blue Tie - Trump - Task Force - Crypto Fraud

Trump Task Force to Fight Crypto Fraud

New Presidential Task Force Aims to Fight Cryptocurrency Fraud With the lure of big returns…

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GDPR Threatens to Impair Cryptocurrency Crime Investigations

CipherTrace Cryptocurrency Threat Bulletin The European Union's new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) https://www.eugdpr.org), which…

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Bitcoin Chart - Coinbases Response - New York - AGs Request

Coinbase’s Response To New York AG’s Request

Coinbase’s Response To New York AG’s Request Reveals Shocking Cost of Compliance In April, New…

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Gold Coins - Japan - Bitcoin - Regulation Benefits

Japan Bitcoin Regulation Benefits

REINING IN THE WILD EAST Almost five years ago, an event in Japan rocked people’s…

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Ledger Bitcoin Wallet Hacked by 15 Year Old Researcher

Ledger hardware wallets have been thoroughly compromised by a 15-year-old researcher, Rashid Saleem, using very…

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Venezuela Flag - Presidental Cryptocurrency Order- Venezuela Petro

First Presidential Cryptocurrency Order Blocks Venezuela’s Petro

Monday, March 19, 2018, President Trump issued the first presidential cryptocurrency order showing that this…

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Sand Insect - Applied Cryptography Innovation - Cambrian Explosion - Transform Civilization

Crypto Innovation is a Cambrian Explosion

Applied Cryptography Innovation is a Cambrian Explosion that will Transform the Next 50 Years of…

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