Could the Downfall of FTX and SBF Have Been Predicted?

Why is FTX in the News? Earlier this month, the world's second-largest crypto exchange, FTX, filed for bankruptcy, and its billionaire owner, Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF), went from revered industry leader to reckless pariah. Now the target of investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Justice Department into how he handled the…

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Cryptocurrencies: The Evolution of Criminal Funds

In the absence of effective regulation, the criminal use of cryptocurrency is accelerating. Whilst the scale of the criminal use of cryptocurrencies is difficult to determine, it was estimated to be roughly $14 billion worth of transactions in 2021. $14 billion represents only a small share of the overall cryptocurrency market, however, this figure…

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Investigating Cryptocurrencies and Terrorist Financing

Last summer, the Justice Department dismantled financing campaigns in the government's largest-ever seizure of cryptocurrency in a terrorism context, seizing millions of dollars. The financing schemes involved some of the world's most notorious terrorist groups, namely, the al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas' military wing, al-Qaeda, and the Islamic State of…

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