Over 13% of Bitcoin Crime Proceeds Laundered Through ‘Privacy Wallets’: Elliptic

Over 13% of Bitcoin Crime Proceeds Laundered Through ‘Privacy Wallets’: Elliptic
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The number of criminals using so-called privacy wallets to facilitate crypto money laundering is on the rise, according to Elliptic, a U.K.-based blockchain analytics company.

The firm estimates that over 13% of the proceeds from crime involving are now being transferred through such wallets, up from just 2% in 2019, according to published Wednesday.

Elliptic said privacy wallets, such as Wasabi Wallet, have tools that help obfuscate the identity of users. An example is the automatic peer matching and sending of CoinJoin transactions, in which bitcoin is mixed within one transaction.

The wallets are proving popular as a means to avoid the risks of centralized coin-mixing services, such as theft of funds by service providers and authorities running “honeypot” sites, per the report.

In 2020, Elliptic estimates $160 million in bitcoin from the darknet, thefts and scams has been laundered through privacy wallets.

The in the summer promoted a crypto scam that raised $120,000 in different cryptocurrencies, much of which was laundered through Wasabi Wallet, the report indicated. The same thing is said to have happened following the September where $280 million in crypto stolen.

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