As cryptocurrencies get mainstream consideration within the monetary ecosystem, each consumer and enterprise has got down to establish and curb the predicaments related to their rising use. Though efforts in direction of lowering crypto-crimes are being undertaken by many, tendencies recommend an acceleration of such incidents. CipherTrace’s Q2 2019 Cryptocurrency Anti-Cash Laundering Report make clear the rising losses incurred by crypto-crimes. The report stated,
“Outright thefts in addition to scams and different misappropriation of funds from cryptocurrency customers and exchanges continued apace, netting criminals and fraudsters roughly $four.three billion in combination for 2019. Insider thefts had been by far the most important offenders, inflecting huge losses on buyers and trade customers.”
Nevertheless, that wasn’t the one discovering by CipherTrace. The Q2 report claimed that “Bitcoin is king in darkish markets and cybercrime.” The analysis claimed that the cryptocurrency was primarily used for the acquisition and sale of unlawful medicine, weapons, and banking credentials on the darknet. The report additionally revealed that using privacy-centric cash similar to Zcash and Monero, in an try to flout AML/KYC norms, remains to be very low on the darknet. Monero [XMR] as an illustration, was used for less than four% of all crypto-transactions on the darknet.
The report additionally highlighted situations the place actions had been taken towards unhealthy actors within the cryptocurrency trade. The examples CipherTrace selected to concentrate on included the SEC taking motion towards Kik Interactive Inc’s allegedly unlawful token sale, in addition to the New York Division of Monetary Providers denying a BitLicense to famous crypto-exchange, Bittrex, owing to its AML deficiencies. In keeping with the report, such actions illustrate the federal government and regulator’s strengthening resolve to place a curb on unlawful actions within the cryptospace.
Lastly, the report additionally spoke about efforts to seek out methods to make use of (regulated) stablecoins as a method to fill the gaps left by the Bitcoin ecosystem. CipherTrace’s analysis highlighted Fb’s Libra on this regard and commented,
“Notably, stablecoins (like Libra) would eradicate the volatility at present related to cryptocurrencies. Each greenback a consumer places into Libra would correspond to a basket of belongings and currencies that might theoretically again the token 1 to 1.”