Crypto crime hit record $14bn in 2021

Pedro Gonçalves
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Crypto crime hit record $14bn in 2021

Scammers took home $14bn in cryptocurrency in 2021, a new all-time high, according to data from blockchain analytics firm Chainalysis. Crypto received by digital wallet addresses linked to illicit activity including scams, darknet markets and ransomware jumped 80% from a year earlier. Still, the activity represented just 0.15% of total crypto transaction volumes, its lowest ever. As of early 2022, Chainalysis said illicit addresses already hold over $10bn worth of cryptocurrencies, with...

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