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Is Bitcoin Traceable?

Blockchains may be public, but they're not easy to read. Transaction graphing tools make these otherwise perplexing activities easy to understand, analyze, and see.

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Exploring Blockchains: A Simple Guide

Few technologies inspire as much excitement and skepticism as blockchains. On the one hand, they’ve birthed a golden age of…

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What is AML and KYC for Crypto?

In just thirteen years, cryptocurrencies have redefined money. It’s little wonder, then, that they’ve also redefined money laundering. Over the…

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Bitcoin’s Taproot Upgrade: Everything You Need to Know

On November 14th, block height 709,632, Bitcoin’s Taproot upgrade was activated. The update brings with it improvements to the flexibility,…

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3 Common Blockchain Analysis Mistakes that Impede Cryptocurrency Investigations

In many ways, the inherent transparency of blockchains makes cryptocurrency investigations easier for law enforcement than financial investigations involving fiat…

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How Governments Regulate Cryptocurrency

In the early days of blockchain technology, cryptocurrencies operated in a gray area of the economy. But as financial institutions…

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Cryptocurrency Ecosystem Comparison: Bitcoin vs. Ethereum vs. Stablecoins

Cryptocurrency has grown significantly over the last year, but many don’t yet understand how diverse cryptocurrency really is as an…

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[REPORT PREVIEW] Mapping the Key Players in the Cryptocurrency Ecosystem

Since Bitcoin’s launch in 2009, cryptocurrency has driven new markets, spurred advancements in financial infrastructure, and driven innovative thinking in…

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[REPORT PREVIEW] The Crypto Maturity Model: How Traditional Finance Can Adopt Cryptocurrency in Stages

This blog is an excerpt from our new report: The Crypto Maturity Model. Inside, we lay out a framework for…

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Exploring How Cryptocurrency Affects the Environment

Cryptocurrency is shifting paradigms in finance. Already, the technology has helped early adopters around the world invent innovative new business…

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Why You Can’t Trace Funds Through Services Using Blockchain Analysis (And Why You Don’t Need to Anyway)

Tools like Chainalysis Reactor allow investigators to trace the movement of cryptocurrency between addresses. In addition to analyzing transactions between…

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Anonymity Services’ Usage of Cryptocurrency and Role in Cybercrime

Anonymity services refers to a loose category of products and services that allow users to maintain an internet business or…

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Cryptocurrency Exchange Compliance: A Guide to Security and Compliance for Crypto Businesses

As the number of cryptocurrency users continues to increase and financial institutions like JP Morgan warm up to the industry,…

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60% of Bitcoin is Held Long Term as Digital Gold. What About the Rest?

Blockchain analysis isn’t just useful for investigations and compliance. It can also help us analyze cryptocurrency markets to uncover patterns…

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Links Virtual Session Recap: Wences Casares on the Case for Cryptocurrency

Wences Casares joined Chainalysis last week for a fireside chat with our CEO Michael Gronager, marking the first session of…