Dark web tool that tracks dirty bitcoin returns after a week off

In short

  • A blockchain analysis tool allegedly designed by criminals to verify their Bitcoin shutdown last week.
  • But the website, Antinalysis, was launched again. And made itself even more accessible.

A block chain analytics tool designed to help dark web users check the cleanliness of their Bitcoin It reopened, just a week after closing.

Antinalysis is a website that advertises “blockchain privacy” and allows users to check where Bitcoin they hold its origin and how risky it is to hold it. The website was designed by the developers of an online market for illegal drugs, according to an investigation by Tom Robinson, co-founder of blockchain investigation firm Elliptic.

The tool close last week, when anti-money laundering software AML Bot, which Antinalysis used to mine data, shut down its third-party service.

But it’s back and now works on a “clear web” Web page: the one everyone can access. Previously, the website only ran on the Tor network, a privacy-focused web browser and gateway to the dark web.

“We are now back and no longer dependent on any third party for address labeling,” said the website reads, boasting a brand new blockchain analysis system. “If you’re looking for blockchain privacy, you’ve come to the right place,” he adds.

Although the website is used by criminals who want to check the likelihood of cryptocurrency exchanges flagging their crypto as proceeds of crime, it’s not actually illegal, Tom Robinson said. Decrypt.

“It has the same functionality as before, in that it tries to tell you where Bitcoins come from at an address,” he said. “It’s not really illegal, so I guess they have no concerns about it being shut down.”

Those who want to use the Antinalysis service must pay, but can now only do so using Monero, a so-called private room designed to hide the identity of those who use it. Unsurprisingly, Monero has therefore been notoriously favored by cybercriminals, such as ransomware hackers.

Earlier this month, Elliptic tested the Antinalysis tool and found that it wasn’t really good at detecting links to major dark web marketplaces.

Still, there seems to still be a market, though no one can guess how long it will last this time around.


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Esther L. Gunn