19 Apr '17, 12pm

A New Tool Might Finally Make Banks Comfortable With Bitcoin

Bitcoin intelligence provider Elliptic is rolling out a program with California-based Silvergate Bank to analyze and screen possible nefarious activity on the bitcoin blockchain. The effort is focused on helping banks assess future bitcoin-based business clients. For banks, often the associated risks are deemed higher than the potential rewards when considering new clients that operate in the bitcoin space – an often-cited stumbling block in the industry. "The banks that are working with bitcoin companies really don’t have much visibility into how effective they are at handling the risk associated with bitcoin transactions," said James Smith, Elliptic's CEO. Smith told CoinDesk: "Until now, they pretty much have had to rely on the word of the exchange or whoever [processed the transaction] to say 'We’re doing the best we can.'" Elliptic's software allows financial institut...

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