The latest research by Chainanalysis suggests that the amount of bitcoin (BTC) spent on illegal transactions this year may hit a record high of $1 billion, even as the ratio of illegal to legal transactions is shrinking, following a report.
As per the report, the total flat rate of BTC spent on criminal activity so far this year is expected to be $515 million. The analysis means that by the top of the year, this determine will double to achieve $1 billion.
Nonetheless, the amount of BTC spent on illegal services versus legal ones is on the decline. Chananalysis executive Hannah Curtis says that merely 1% of BTC activity this year is an unlawful activity, which decreased from 7% in 2012.
As per the report – the $515 million spent on illegal activities was utilized in transactions on the dark web – a small subsection of the deep web, which is in turn subsection of the internet that doesn’t seem in search engines like google (e.g., Google).
The essential illegal dark web market for spending BTC is reported: “Hydra.” BTC is outwardly the cryptocurrency of alternative on such marketplaces, and Monero (XRM) is available in second, based on the report. Frequently, these marketplaces are concerned about the distribution of drugs or illegal pornography.
As beforehand reported by Cointelegraph in April, as an example, two men behind the dark web market NextDayGear pled responsible for selling steroids and controlled substances and to money laundering. The website provided injectable and oral steroids, in addition to Xanax, Valium, and Viagra as a way to stymie unwanted adverse effects.