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Crypto Crime: How Global Law Enforcement is Learning to Fight Back

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In Brief

  • Law enforcement agencies globally are ramping up efforts to tackle crypto crimes as the amount lost to hacks decreased by nearly 50% in 2023.
  • A survey reveals that 87% of respondents who have used on-chain analysis tools consider them crucial for successful investigation of crypto crimes.
  • Nearly 50% of respondents in the survey believe that crypto transactions are easier to deal with using the right tools.
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Law enforcement agencies worldwide are preparing to tackle crypto crimes by receiving adequate training in using on-chain tools. Nearly 50% of respondents in a survey believe that with the right tools, crypto illicit transactions are easier to deal with.

It is indisputable that, alongside the rise of cryptocurrencies, crypto crimes are here to stay. This pattern continues with the advent of each new technology. For instance, as the Internet gained popularity, crimes facilitated by the Internet experienced a parallel increase.

How On-Chain Analysis Tools Are Contributing to Reducing Crypto Crimes

Blockchain analytics company TRM Labs published a survey titled ‘Tackling Crypto Crime‘ that discusses how crypto crimes are becoming a core focus of law enforcement activities. 300 US and International Law Enforcement Professionals participated in the survey.

On-chain analytical tools are essential for dealing with sophisticated crypto transactions. As a matter of fact, around 87% of the respondents who have used on-chain analysis tools believe that they are very or extremely important for the successful investigation of crypto crimes.

Read more: 8 Best On-Chain Analysis Tools in 2023

Importance of On-Chain Analysis Tools For The Successful Investigation of Crypto Crimes. Source: TRM Labs
Importance of On-Chain Analysis Tools For The Successful Investigation of Crypto Crimes. Source: TRM Labs

Blockchain transactions are anonymous, but the technology is like a public ledger. With the right knowledge, the investigators can easily track the flow of funds. Hence, the survey reveals:

“Nearly 50 percent of respondents who said they had the right tools viewed crypto investigations as actually easier than conventional ones.”

Enforcement Officers Receive Crypto Training

Hackers stole more than $3 billion worth of crypto assets in 2022. However, in 2023, despite the market recovery, the amount lost to hackers was reduced by nearly 50% to $1.7 billion. This is because, across the world, law enforcement officers are receiving crypto training.

Moreover, there are crypto sleuths such as ZachXBT who constantly contribute to exposing crypto crimes.

In November, BeInCrypto reported that some Ukrainian law enforcement officials received training in advanced techniques and tools to investigate crypto crimes. Also, Singapore launched dedicated task forces to fight tech and crypto crimes.

Read more: 15 Most Common Crypto Scams To Look Out For

A whopping 90% of respondents revealed that their organization provided them with some degree of crypto training.

Participants of the survey were required to have a minimum of one year of experience working within a specific law enforcement agency. Additionally, another criterion was that they should have actively contributed to the investigation of at least one crypto-related crime.

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Harsh Notariya
Harsh Notariya is a journalist at BeInCrypto, who writes about various topics, including decentralized physical infrastructure networks (DePIN), tokenization, crypto airdrops, decentralized finance (DeFi), meme coins, and altcoins. Before joining BeInCrypto, he was a community consultant at Totality Corp, specializing in the metaverse and non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Additionally, Harsh was a blockchain content writer and researcher at Financial Funda, where he created educational reports on...
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