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Criminals Abandon Bitcoin As Privacy Weakens

• https://www.zerohedge.com, by Tyler Durden

While the establishment would like the world to believe that only criminal masterminds and people with something to hide would prefer the decentralized freedom of Bitcoin (as opposed to the 'under government watch' banking system that floats Washington's boat), the truth is that the biggest cryptocurrency is considerably less 'anonymous' than is commonly exclaimed.

In fact, as more and more criminals become aware of the real privacy concerns of Bitcoin, they are increasingly turning to other - more private - coins.

As Bloomberg reports, privacy coins such as monero, designed to avoid tracking, have climbed faster over the past two months as law enforcers adopt software tools to monitor people using bitcoin. A slew of analytic firms such as Chainalysis are getting better at flagging digital hoards linked to crime or money laundering, alerting exchanges and preventing conversion into traditional cash.

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