29 Jan '14, 9pm

Law Enforcement Strikes Back in Bitcoin Hearing

Law Enforcement Strikes Back in Bitcoin Hearing

Eric Thayer/Reuters Cyrus Vance, left, the Manhattan district attorney, and Richard B. Zabel, a prosecutor with the United States attorney’s office, testified on Wednesday at a hearing on regulating digital currencies. Law enforcement officials testified on Wednesday that virtual currencies like Bitcoin had opened up new avenues for crime that government has not been able to keep up with. The most forceful statements came from a prosecutor with the United States attorney’s office in Manhattan, Richard B. Zabel, during the second day of hearings about virtual currencies held by New York’s top financial regulator, Benjamin M. Lawsky. Mr. Zabel went through a list of six ways in which virtual currencies were more prone to crime than current forms of money transfer, including the ease with which money could be laundered over borders at the click of a mouse. The testimony of Mr...

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