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The Challenges of Investigating Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Related Crime

  We increasingly live in a world where there is a balance between the rights to privacy and the requirements for consent, and the rights of society to protect itself. Within this world, there is an ever-increasing requirement to protect the identities involved within financial transactions, but this makes things increasingly difficult for law enforcement agencies, especially in terms of financial fraud and money laundering. This paper reviews the state-of-the-art in terms of the methods of privacy that are being used within cryptocurrency transactions, and in the challenges that law enforcement face

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  • Date:

    20 November 2018

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  • Publisher

    The British Blockchain Association

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  • Library of Congress:

    QA76 Computer software

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    005.8 Data security

  • Funders:

    Edinburgh Napier Funded


Dyson, S., Buchanan, W., & Bell, L. (2018). The Challenges of Investigating Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Related Crime. The Journal of the British Blockchain Association, 1(2), 1-6.



Blockchain, cryptocurency, crime, fraud, ring signatures,

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