How Criminals Can Use Cryptocurrencies
While cryptocurrencies represent an important innovation for the financial industry of the whole world, the relative anonymity associated with exchanges and wallets makes them vulnerable to use by criminals.
Bitcoin and other popular cryptocurrencies, for example, have been the subject of a growing number of ransomware attacks, in which hackers encrypt files and demand payment in cryptocurrency for the files' release.
Ransomware attacks are one of the most scalable types of crime enabled by cryptocurrencies. These attacks pose a challenge to law enforcement and regulators due to the possibility that large organizations, institutions, or even governments themselves can be targeted and forced to pay ransom.
Sanctioned countries and organizations are also using cryptocurrencies to circumvent sanctions. This is commonly referred to as "crypto-cleansing." In particular, crypto-assets known as privacy coins are most commonly used for this purpose.
EU regulators have responded to these risks by including crypto assets, exchanges and wallets within the scope of anti-money laundering rules.
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