30 Sep '15, 10pm

Europol: Bitcoin May Become Sole Currency for EU Cybercriminals

Europol has said in a new report that it believes bitcoin could become the go-to currency for digital criminals in the region. The European Union's top law enforcement agency released its Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment for 2015 on 30th September, outlining its view of the top cybercrime threats facing the European Union. The report focuses on the topic of bitcoin and digital currencies in a number of contexts, including the state of criminal financing and specific elements of illicit activity involving the technology. Europol said that, according to its data, bitcoin accounts for as much as 40% of criminal-to-criminal payments online, with PayPal accounting for 25% of those reported. The figures build on previous statements from the agency regarding cryptocurrencies as a key factor in the development of the so-called "crime-as-a-service " ecosystem. The agency ...

Full article: http://www.coindesk.com/europol-bitcoin-european-cybercri...

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