Ciphertrace Allegedly Builds Monero-Tracing Tools, XMR Proponents Disagree

Ciphertace Allegedly Builds Monero-Tracing Tools, XMR Proponents DisagreeThe blockchain surveillance firm Ciphertrace claims to have created the “world’s first” monero tracing tools for law enforcement. According to the company announcement, Ciphertrace developed forensic tools for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in order to track illicit monero transactions. Despite the firm’s claims, there is zero evidence provided that prove the company […]

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Visualize Crypto Transaction Privacy Scores With Blockchair’s ‘Privacy-o-Meter’

Visualize Crypto Transaction Privacy Scores With Blockchair's 'Privacy-o-Meter'On June 24, the block explorer and blockchain data platform, Blockchair, announced the launch of a new privacy tool called the “Privacy-o-meter.” According to Blockchair, the new service combats blockchain surveillance companies by highlighting privacy issues for crypto transactions. This week the blockchain explorer and crypto analytics firm, Blockchair, revealed a new tool that aims […]

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$9M and Over 4,500 Fusions – Bitcoin Cash Supporters Anticipate the Cashfusion Audit

$9M and Over 4,500 Fusions - Bitcoin Cash Supporters Anticipate the Cashfusion AuditSince November 28, 2019, the Cashfusion protocol has helped facilitate 4,583 fusions to-date with roughly 40,564 bitcoin cash ($9.1M). Cashfusion is an extension of the Cashshuffle platform and the protocol has been deemed “far more practical than other coinjoin protocols.” Bitcoin Cash proponents are now waiting for the completion of the codebase audit, as the […]

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20 Blockchain Surveillance Firms Monitor Crypto Networks, But Some Apps Show Inaccuracies

20 Blockchain Surveillance Firms Monitor Cryptos, But Some Apps Show InaccuraciesDuring the last few years, blockchain surveillance has increased a great deal and in the early days around 2013-14, there were only a handful of firms. Now there are more than 20 blockchain analysis companies that monitor addresses, transactions, and making sure addresses are AML/CFT compliant as well. The Rise of Blockchain Analysis Ventures In […]

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Merchant Services, Gambling, and Darknets: Coronavirus Economy Stunts Cryptocurrency Spending

Merchant Services, Gambling, and Darknets: Coronavirus Economy Stunts Cryptocurrency SpendingA lot has changed since the coronavirus pandemic swept the globe as it has caused a wide range of negative effects on the world’s economy. On March 30, the blockchain surveillance firm Chainalysis published a report that shows how the cryptoconomy is faring from merchant acceptance to gambling, and darknet purchases as well. The researcher’s […]

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Tokyo Police Arrest 2 Men for Buying Cryptocurrency Tied to $530M Coincheck Hack

Tokyo Police Arrest 2 Men for Buying Cryptocurrency Tied to $530M Coincheck HackTokyo police arrested two individuals on Wednesday for acquiring stolen NEM from the 2018 Coincheck hack. On Jan. 26, 2018, the Japanese trading platform Coincheck noticed an “illicit transfer” of 523,000,000 NEM and it was the largest cryptocurrency exchange hack since Mt Gox. According to Tokyo investigators, the two men who obtained the purloined stash […]

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How to Obscure Bitcoin Cash Transaction Data by Leveraging Cashfusion

How to Obscure Bitcoin Cash Transaction Data by Leveraging CashfusionBitcoin Cash developers recently released the alpha software for Cashfusion, a privacy-preserving feature added to the Electron Cash wallet. During the last week, crypto proponents and developers have been testing the protocol regularly in order to find issues and provide the Cashfusion team with feedback. News.Bitcoin.com tested the alpha version of Cashfusion so readers can […]

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UK Tax Agency to Pay $100K for Blockchain Surveillance Software

UK Tax Agency to Pay $100k for Blockchain Surveillance SoftwareOn January 17, the UK tax agency Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) published a job opportunity for a private contractor to design a cryptocurrency blockchain analysis tool. According to the listing, the contract is for one year and HMRC will pay the contractor $100,000 for software that can “identify and cluster crypto asset transactions.” […]

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How Dropgangs and Dead Drops Are Transforming Darknet Practices

Since the creation of the Silk Road, authorities have waged a war against the online drug trade with a wave of surveillance and enforcement. However, crypto-anarchists are developing new ways to evade the state’s tentacles as the next technological phase started to emerge in late 2017. On Monday, the Cypherpunk Bitstream podcast discussed the evolution […]

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How Dropgangs and Dead Drops Are Transforming Darknet Practices

Since the creation of the Silk Road, authorities have waged a war against the online drug trade with a wave of surveillance and enforcement. However, crypto-anarchists are developing new ways to evade the state’s tentacles as the next technological phase started to emerge in late 2017. On Monday, the Cypherpunk Bitstream podcast discussed the evolution […]

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