In line with a recent report by ‘Bloomberg’, a recent analysis by Chainanalysis revealed that the total number of Bitcoin [BTC] spent on illicit transactions this year are expected to hit a record high of $1 Bln, but the overall ratio of illicit to legal transactions is shrinking.
According to the report, the flat price of Bitcoin [BTC] spent on criminal activities so far this year is assumed to be around $515 Mln. The analysis suggests that by the end of this year, this figure is expectedly to raise to nearly double to reach $1 Bln.
However, the number of Bitcoin spent on illicit services as opposed to the legal ones is on the decline. Chananalysis official named ‘Hannah Curtis’ added that solely 1% of BTC activity this year is involved within the illicit activities, that is down from 7% as recorded back in 2012.
In line with the report, the $515 Mln spent on illicit activities was employed in transactions on the dark-net: a small sub-division of the deep web, that is in turn subdivision of the web that doesn’t seem in search engines [e.g. Google].
The largest illicit dark-net marketplace for spending Bitcoin is reportedly “Hydra.” BTC is outwardly the ‘cryptocurrency‘ of choice within such marketplaces, while Monero ([XRM] comes in 2nd, in line with the report. Sometimes, these marketplaces are also linked in the distribution of drugs and/or illegal pornography.
Earlier in April, 2 individuals behind the dark-net marketplace ‘NextDayGear‘ pled guilty to selling steroids and controlled substances and to laundering. The web-site apparently offered injectable as well as oral steroids, along with Xanax, Valium and Viagra as a means to stymie unwanted side-effects.