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According to a study by Peckshield, in the first half of 2020, more than $ 1.4 billion were conducted through cryptocurrency exchanges for the purpose of money laundering..
After 12 months of collecting and analyzing data from various sources, the team has identified over 100 million transactions and about 50 million accounts on exchanges associated with the underground sector. Their analysis showed that 147 thousand bitcoins related to criminal activity were transferred to exchanges this year. At the same time, part of the funds went through the mixers to complicate their tracking..
According to Peckshield, most of the military-technical cooperation associated with hacker attacks, darknet, gambling and other similar areas is laundered through the top 10 crypto exchanges: Huobi, Binance, Okex, ZB, Gate.io, Bitmex, Luno, HaoBTC, Bithum and Coinbase..
The amount of stolen funds received on exchanges in the first half of 2020
During the study, the team tracked high-risk addresses and other digital assets. During the observation period, only a small part «dirty» coins and tokens (worth $ 1.62 billion) was blacklisted, and $ 15.9 billion in cryptocurrency went through mixing services and most of them were then successfully laundered.
This situation does not suit the exchanges themselves, which are often used by criminals, so they also try in every possible way to fight with the flow of criminal money.
text: Ivan Malichenko, photo: forexfraud, graphic: Peckshield