Types of frauds in the cryptocurrency industry are getting stronger for current regulators and anti-money laundering enforcement to deal with. The latest attack is known as crypto dusting, which involves the money launderers sending fractions of cryptocurrency to several wallets to mask illegal activities on the coins. The continued practice of “crypto dusting” has been named as one of the hardest ways to track culprits breaking AML rules by Dave Jevans, CEO of CipherTrace and chairman of the Anti-Phishing Working Group.
The Crypto Dusting Technique
Crypto dusting involves sending anonymous Bitcoin to several accounts randomly hence blocking off any anti-money laundering algorithms from detecting any foul play. BestMixer.io is used to shuffle and anonymize the Bitcoins before sending them out. BTC is then ‘gifted’ to thousands of wallets and a message is sent from the BestMixer team welcoming the unsuspecting receivers.
While tainting thousands of coins on BestMixer.io might raise some questions on legitimacy, the process to distribute the coins makes it impossible for current algorithms to detect any money laundering. According to DarkReading that published an article on crypto dusting,
“They [Money launderers] are just putting it in your crypto wallet. When they do a run, they look at the last 75,000 addresses and send to them. When you open up your wallet, it’s there.”
Users receiving the BTC are unaware of the harmful gift received and the effects of the ‘blessing’ in disguise. First, exchanges that have implemented tough AML regulations will place your account under suspicion monitor your transactions and can connect you to illegal activities. Not a blessing after all. Jevans said,
“You have engaged in a transaction with a known money-laundering service, so it will raise the risk on your accounts for any exchange that has implemented anti-money laundering protocols.”
Future Mechanisms To Beat Crypto Dusting
In as much as crypto dusting beats the current AML algorithms by tainting the coins by linking thousands of wallets, new algorithms will be able to notice these activities according to Jevans. The CEO further said that those users that are “gifted” with these type of coins, should refrain from using the coins. The use of such coins if detected will ruin your reputation and privacy on the exchange and can link you to conspiring to commit illegal activities.
“On the consumer side, when you receive money like this — a small amount from an unknown source — the best thing to do is go in and block it from being sent,”
Bitcoin Hash Rate alcanza 102 quintillones en el hito histórico de la red
Bitcoin’s (BTC) network hash rate has passed a record 102 quintillion hashes for the first time in history in a historic milestone for the cryptocurrency.
Bitcoin adds another zero to hash rate
As data from monitoring resource Blockchain confirmed on Sept. 18, hash rate, ultimately a function of how secure the Bitcoin network is, has reached a high of 102.8 quintillion hashes.
Bitcoin network hash rate. Source: Blockchain
The achievement follows a string of records for the metric this year, Cointelegraph reporting on various stages of its expansion over the past few months.
Hash rate refers to the amount of computing power involved in processing Bitcoin transactions. The higher the number of hashes, the more implied competition there is among miners to obtain the block reward.
Since December 2018, the hash rate has progressed from its recent low of 31 quintillion hashes per second, equating to the progress of 230%.
Bitcoin proponents eye price implications
Current growth has excited commentators, despite coming in tandem with a moderate decline in Bitcoin price.
As many noted, new upward action for hash rate tends may hint at future price growth. Hash rate began growing in January after several months of decline, with price then following in April.
Commenting on the current rate of growth, Lightning Torch organizer Hodlonaut said the figures spoke to underlying confidence among miners.
“Last readjustment period (2016 blocks, or around 2 weeks) increased 10.38%. We are about half way through the current readjustment period, and on track for another 11.85% increase,” he forecast.
Others have already given more bullish predictions. Max Keiser, a firm believer in Bitcoin’s prowess over altcoins, has frequently doubled down on his depiction of giant surges in both hash rate and price in the near future.
Bitcoin needs to be ‘better regulated’ before it is traded on major exchanges
Speaking at a conference today hosted by CNBC and Institutional Investor, Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton said that bitcoin would need better regulation before being listed for trading on major traditional exchanges like NYSE or Nasdaq.
“If [investors] think there’s the same rigor around that price discovery as there is on the Nasdaq or New York Stock Exchange … they are sorely mistaken,” said Clayton. “We have to get to a place where we can be confident that trading is better regulated.”
Clayton’s comments come a few days after VanEck and SolidX’s decision to withdraw their bitcoin ETF proposal. Earlier this month, Clayton also said that while “progress is being made” on the bitcoin ETF, bitcoin businesses still need to address some of the SEC’s lingering concerns, citing crypto custody and the threat of price manipulation on unregulated exchanges.
Bitcoin (BTC) Crashes Below $10,000 Days Ahead Of Bakkt Futures Launch
Bitcoin (BTC) has declined well below $10,000 just before the most anticipated Bakkt futures launch. This has unnerved a lot of the bulls that were hoping for a rally to the moon by Monday. However, when everyone starts thinking the same way, it is best to think the opposite. Remember, Bakkt is “scheduled” to be launched on Sep 23, 2019.
It was “scheduled” to be launched on December 12, 2018 as well and if you had been hoping in November 2018 that $6,000 was going to hold just because Bakkt was going to be launched then you would have made quite a loss as the price nosedived to $3,130 from there in a matter of weeks. So, what does this recent crash mean in light of what has happened in the past?
The market makers were waiting for investors to enter margined longs. They gave them plenty of time to do that as the price consolidating and doing nothing much. So, they kind of forced traders into making the decision now instead of waiting to enter a trade after the breakout because these past few days traders have been made to be comfortable buying into sideways action in anticipation of a pump as we saw in the case of Ethereum (ETH) and other altcoins. Most of them entered leveraged longs on BTC/USD in the hopes of profiting off a potential Bakkt rally. Those that had their stops just below the symmetrical triangle were shaken out but there are a lot more stops to be run just yet. The market makers might want to give investors another chance to long these dips so they can trap them again.
Bullish or bearish doesn’t matter from the market makers’ perspective. They are in the business of shaking out the traders hoping for easy money in this market. As I have said before this is not legal and if someone were to do this in the stock market they would find the SEC knocking on their door. However, anything is possible in this market in the absence of regulation. If we look at the 1H chart for Bitcoin Dominance (BTC.D), we can see that it broke out of a falling wedge and is now primed for further upside.
Bitcoin dominance (BTC.D) rises when either Bitcoin (BTC) is planning on outpacing the market at a certain point or we are primed for further downside and Bitcoin (BTC) is expected to hold its ground better than other coins. In both cases, this rising dominance in Bitcoin (BTC) does not bode well for the altcoin market which has yet to experience serious pain. There are a lot of useless projects in the altcoin market and it is only a matter of time before we see a strong downtrend that shakes out most of such projects. The fact that Bitcoin dominance (BTC.D) just broke out of a falling wedge and has now begun an uptrend is a testament to the fact that recent hopes of an altcoin season were just orchestrated attempts by the big players to lure retail investors into buying their altcoin bags before the next crash.