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22nd January 2018  
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A study has besmirched the gambling industry by claiming that online gambling sites are prime conduits for illegal cryptocurrency, but failed to mention how the same industry helped in building the cryptocurrency revolution.


What is the report about?

The report, titled Bitcoin Laundering: An Analysis of Illicit Flows into Digital Currency Services, was issued by the Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance (CSIF). The study examined the movement of Bitcoin derived from “clearly identified illicit activity.” It was found that cryptocurrency exchanges accounted for 45.4% of laundered Bitcoins, while online gambling sites ranked second with 25.8%.


The figures on the gambling industry might have been inaccurate.

Despite showing that illicit transactions on online gambling sites have waned, the CSIF asked that a more stringent anti-money laundering policy be implemented against the sites. By alluding that online gambling caters to criminals, the study failed to recognize that gambling sites were early adopters of blockchain technology. This means that it handled large volume of Bitcoin transactions in the years covered in the research which may have been overrepresented as illegal transactions in the study. 


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