Andy Greenberg, senior writer for WIRED and author of “Tracers in the Dark,” takes us inside the world of crypto-tracing crimebusters and voices the ambivalence of Bitcoin – a cypherpunk creation – eroding financial privacy. Hear how the longtime crypto scribe got law enforcement and sleuthing firms like Chainalysis to open up about their major wins in taking down darknet kingpins.
- why Andy thought early on that Bitcoin would enable crypto anarchy
- how blockchain analytics started being used to tackle crime
- why the IRS Criminal Investigation unit was more open to discussing its techniques
- how Andy learned many new things about already well-known stories when writing about them for the book
- the methods used to bring down the “biggest dark-web drug lord” in history
- did AlphaBay’s Alexandre Cazes really kill himself in a Thai prison?
- how researcher Sarah Meiklejohn developed tools to deanonymize Bitcoin
- why she’s now uncomfortable that her techniques were adopted by Chainalysis and sold to law enforcement
- what Andy feels about the importance of privacy
- how Monero is harder to trace than Bitcoin but not untraceable
- what the impact of zero-knowledge technology will be for blockchain analytics firms
- whether the cypherpunk ethos is dead
- why the mystery of Satoshi Nakamoto’s identity will never die
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Andy Greenberg, senior writer for WIRED and author of “Tracers in the Dark: The Global Hunt for the Crime Lords of Cryptocurrency”
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