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Cryptocurrency’s Myth of Anonymity | WIRED


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If you’ve committed any internet crimes lately, you probably shouldn’t have paid for them with bitcoin. While many crypto-evangelists have long trumpeted digital currency as a way to buy goods (legal and illegal) on the internet while staying totally anonymous, the fact is that nearly all cryptocurrency transactions leave a digital trail behind them that can point to your true identity. No matter how hard you try to hide, a dedicated sleuth with the right resources can still find you.

This week on Gadget Lab, WIRED senior cybersecurity writer and author of the book Tracers in the Dark digs into all the ways investigators, government agents, and hackers can track down online criminals by “following the money” exchanged in cryptocurrency transactions.

Show Notes

Andy’s book is Tracers in the Dark: The Global Hunt for the Crime Lords of Cryptocurrency. You can read two excerpts from the book on WIRED.com: the six-part AlphaBay saga and the feature about the takedown of a website for sharing child sex abuse materials.


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