A Suite of Tools for the Forensic Analysis of Bitcoin Transactions: Preliminary Report
Crypto-currencies are nowadays widely known and used by more and more users, principally as a means of investment and payment, outside the restrict circle of technologists and computer scientists. However, as fiat money, they can also be used as a means for illegal activities, exploiting their pseudo-anonymity and easiness/speed in moving capitals. The aim of the suite of tools we propose in this paper is to better analyse and understand money flows in the Bitcoin block-chain, e.g., by clustering addresses, scraping them in the Web, identifying mixing services, and visualising all such information to forensic scientists.
This work is supported by project “REMIX” (funded by Banca d’Italia and Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Perugia) and project “ComPAArg” (funded by “Ricerca di Base 2015–2016”, University of Perugia).
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