Crypto criminals seem to love Bitcoin when it comes to choosing a weapon of choice when doing the crime. The latest cryptocurrency news shows you the results from the Chainalysis firm analysis that conclude 95% of the crypto crimes are related to the number one cryptocurrency.
The results aren’t surprising since bitcoin is among the most widely used cryptocurrencies out of all 2,000 and most popular as well. Crypto criminals prefer Bitcoin according to the co-founder of Chainalysis Jonathan Levin. He says that BTC is still preferred more than privacy coins such as Monero because it is most traded. This turns out to be true since many of the recent drug busts reports show that the buyers used Bitcoin to pay the drugs.
The forensic analysis is extremely useful for the United States Drug Enforcement Agency and Homeland Security since they are trying hard to break down illegal drug activities. While explaining the preferred weapons of the crypto criminals, Levin stated:
“There is the ability to tie some of those cryptocurrency transactions either to the pharmacies in China or to the services that people are using to distribute fentanyl. Homeland Security and the DEA have actually become really good at apprehending those people.”
Chainalysis actually makes software that can trace all of the transactions that are recorded on public blockchains to find the identity of the individual with the crypto funds. According to the coming altcoin news, the analytics company is among the best blockchain contractors by the US government. Back in 2018, it received $5.3 million from the US government. Their job is to try and analyze the behavior of the crypto criminals and to improve the tracking system.
A week ago, Chainalysis decided to expand its real-time transaction monitoring for 10 popular cryptocurrencies including Ether, Litecoin and Bitcoin since it is the favorite tool for crypto criminals. Tether was also a part of the list as a part of the game plan to take down money laundering. The company announced:
“Since 2014, Chainalysis Reactor has been recognized as the leading blockchain analytics tool, playing a critical role in combating exchange hacks, darknet markets, ransomware, and terrorist financing. Over 100 customers in 35 countries rely on Chainalysis KYT (Know Your Transaction) to screen transactions in real-time and receive alerts on suspicious activity.”
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Firefox Quantum Browser Adopts New Anti Cryptojacking Features
"Today’s new Firefox release continues to bring fast and private together right at the crossroads of performance and security. It includes improvements that continue to keep Firefox fast while giving you more control and assurance through new features that your personal information is safe while you’re online with us," the Firefox Quantum release notes.Previously, Mozilla warned its audience that websites can deploy scripts that may launch a crypto miner on any user's machine - even without them being aware. This practice is known as cryptojacking in the world of cryptocurrency. In order to combat these practices, the Firefox Quantum was developed as a product of partnership between Mozilla and the online privacy company Disconnect. The crypto mining blocker was created to block people on their browser. As of now, users can toggle an opt-in feature that would block would-be cryptojackers from taking advantage of spare computing power and mining cryptocurrencies. Users can take a look and see how much faster Firefox is today at the following video, which went viral on many best cryptocurrency news sites because of the anti-cryptojacking features. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzqJ09_cn28 In August 2018, Firefox featured cryptojacking protection - to later update them in its Nightly 68 and Beta 67 versions which emerged this April, just before the launch of the Firefox Quantum browser. The open-source Quantum also aims to mitigate the practices of so-called "fingerprinting" which makes a sort of a digital fingerprint of a user that is employed in order to monitor their activities on the Internet. In another report published in the altcoin news on April 23 by the cybersecurity company MalwareBytes, cryptojacking was called "essentially extinct" and:
“Marked by the popular drive-by mining company CoinHive shutting down operations in early March, consumer cryptomining seems to have gone the way of the dodo. Detections of consumer-focused bitcoin miners have dropped significantly over the last year and even from last quarter, while business-focused miners have increased from the previous quarter, especially in the APAC region.”So, the steps that Mozilla took in its Firefox Quantum definitely ramp up the browsing experience from a crypto perspective.
Crypto And Forex Scams Got Away With $34 Million In 2018: UK Report
“Scammers can be very convincing so always do your own research into any firm you are considering investing with, to make sure that they are the real deal.”The report is a viral topic in the latest cryptocurrency news - mostly because the FCA stated that scammers use social media to find potential investors. According to the regulator, crypto and forex scams like these often use pictures of celebrities with fake endorsements alongside images of luxury goods such as cars and watches. In 2018, the initial coin offering (ICOs) advisory firm Statis Group released a study in which it found that more than 80% of ICOs in 2017 were scams. The associated losses for that year, as the study showed, totaled around $1.34 billion. In the latest altcoin news, we can also see that new evidence surfaced, suggesting that purported Bitcoin (BTC) exchange Goxtrade is a Bitcoin scam. As the evidence shows, Goxtrade reportedly used the real names and photos of unaffiliated parties including the blockchain figure Amber Baldet to fill their website staff page and its absent from the UK's registry of companies and businesses. All in all, the number of crypto and forex scams is increasing and there must be certain regulation to prevent these billions which are lost on a yearly basis.
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