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BITCRIME

Prosecution and prevention of organized financial crime with virtual currencies

BITCRIME was a bilateral German-Austrian research project. The aim of the joint project was the development of innovative and practicable approaches to the identification, prosecution and prevention of crimes with virtual cryptocurrencies that are appropriate to the nature of virtual cryptocurrencies. Key requirements to be met were economic efficiency for all stakeholders and a judicious balance between economic potential, freedom, administrative manageability, and criminal prosecution.

Project Outline

Over a period of 2 years, technical and organisational approaches were developed to enable effective criminal investigations while avoiding both a blanket ban of virtual currencies and potential misuse through mass surveillance.

SBA Research was part of the Austrian sub-project which focused on approaches to the effective discovery and analysis of patterns in criminal financial transactions.

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The project was funded by the Austrian security research programme KIRAS of the Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (former BMVIT).

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