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The internet was supposed to be the world’s great equalizer.
Instead, the power to trade bitcoin has been a gift to the financial sector and a threat to civil liberties.
But bitcoin has also been a tool for a host of online criminals and cybercriminals.
Some of the most notorious have been using it to launder money, steal money and even threaten and intimidate users.
While some countries and governments have outlawed the cryptocurrency, it has flourished on the dark web.
The anonymity provided by bitcoin enables online criminals to hide their identities, steal credit card information and commit crimes.
The Economist spoke to bitcoin industry insiders to find out how it works, what’s at stake for regulators and the broader economy, and what’s driving the surge in the price of the virtual currency.
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The value of bitcoin, for example, has risen steadily over the past year.
It now trades at $1,955.50, up nearly 30% from the beginning of the year, according to CoinDesk, an online currency price tracker.
The most recent rally comes on the heels of the US government’s recent announcement that it is cracking down on the use of virtual currencies, which have surged in value as they have attracted mainstream interest.
The announcement has been met with criticism from bitcoin advocates, including some prominent figures.
The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), the US Department of the Treasury and the Securities and Exchange Commission all announced on Monday that they are cracking down in their regulatory jurisdictions on the cryptocurrency markets, with the aim of cracking down as much as possible.
This is the first step, said Michael Czin, the chief operating officer of CoinDesk.
But it’s a good start.
The US Treasury said it will be cracking down “in the immediate future.”
The SEC said it is targeting financial technology companies and “certain bitcoin-related businesses” that “violate our anti-money laundering regulations.”
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), which oversees US and foreign exchanges, said it was also targeting “some cryptocurrency businesses.”
The SEC said that it would target exchanges that operate outside the US.
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