Study: Less Than 1% of Bitcoin Transactions Involve Money Laundering

January 22, 2018

Study: Less Than 1% of Bitcoin Transactions Involve Money Laundering

A recent study confirms that the problem of money laundering through Bitcoin is extremely exaggerated by the media. The study was conducted by analytics from two Bitcoin forensics companies, FDD and Ellicit, and its results show, that less than 1% of all transactions in BTC network are proceeded for the purpose of money laundering.

In the study, funds flow and the danger of money laundering were analyzed. It was found out that money laundering is far from being a big problem, as some Bitcoin critics think.

The report says:

"The amount of observed Bitcoin laundering [is] small and darknet marketplaces such as Silk Road and, later, AlphaBay are [generally] the source of almost all of the illicit Bitcoins laundered through conversion services."

The report also indicates that the vast majority of illegal Bitcoin transactions were processed in Europe, about five times more than in North America.

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