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[Forbes] A Top Pentagon Investigative Unit Wants To Spy On Worldwide Bitcoin And Crypto Transactions

Bitcoin, thrust into the international spotlight this week by Twitter hackers trying to defraud people of their bitcoin, is hard to track but by no means impossible.

Bitcoin, cryptocurrency and blockchain analytics companies are able to forensically examine crypto transactions and are often able to pinpoint exactly who made the transaction, where and when.

Now, a top Pentagon investigative unit is looking for information about hiring a crypto analytics service to "quickly detect criminal and suspicious cryptocurrency transactions" around the world.

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The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division Command (USACIDC) is looking to licence an application to help them track and trace illicit cryptocurrency transactions, according to a statement of work published on July 10. Unlike a more formal request for proposal, the posting is part of an earlier research phase called a request for information.

"The contractor must provide worldwide web-based access to a reliable cryptocurrency investigation service," the document read, giving a deadline of July 20 for companies to submit the information.

"The web based application must provide the capability to assist law enforcement identify and stop actors who are using cryptocurrencies for illicit activity such as fraud, extortion, and money laundering. Application must enables users to conduct in-depth investigation into the source of cryptocurrency transactions and provides multi-currency analysis from bitcoin to other top cryptocurrencies."

In addition, the application must "help spot suspicious transaction patterns and interactions with other entities," and "a link analysis tool to facilitate the an...

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