The publishing of the framework comes as U.S. regulators have been ratcheting up pressure with Bitmex executives and John McAfee being the latest casualties of the new approach. Still, top U.S. officials including FBI director Christopher Wray pay homage to this revolutionary technology which they say is important and promising.
Still, despite the publication of the enforcement framework, the DOJ says it recognizes the importance of working with interagency and international partners in order to enhance an already vigorous enforcement plan.
In his remarks, Wray indicates that the new enforcement framework is only aimed at individuals that facilitate illicit trade using cryptocurrencies.
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While the Department of Justice (DOJ) and its partners are committed to supporting the advancement of legitimate cryptocurrency technologies and uses, we will not hesitate to enforce the laws that govern these technologies when necessary to protect the public.
Rabbitt makes it clear that there are red lines, which if crossed, law enforcement agencies will not hesitate to respond:
Meanwhile, in the document, the DOJ says it considers the use of anonymity enhancing cryptocurrencies (AECs) such as Monero, Zcash, and Dash “to be a high-risk activity that is indicative of possible criminal conduct.”
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Unsurprisingly, the DOJ also says operators of mixers and tumblers “can be criminally liable for money laundering because these services are designed specifically to conceal or disguise the nature, the location, the source, the ownership, or the control of a financial transaction.”
Another Task Force member, Beth A. Williams lauds the release of the Cryptocurrency Enforcement Framework, which reflects the DOJ’s extensive cooperation with domestic and international partners. Williams concludes that this cooperation is intended “to benefit lawful cryptocurrency users and the public at large.”
Meanwhile, one member of the Cyber-Digital Task Force, Brian C. Rabbitt, again praises cryptocurrencies and blockchain saying they “present tremendous promise for the future.” However, Rabbitt still tapers this favorable view of cryptocurrencies by adding that “it is critical that these important innovations follow the law.”
Cryptocurrencies are preferred when settling transactions that involve illicit goods that are sold on the dark web. In addition, ransomware criminals also prefer being paid cryptocurrencies because they perceive this to be difficult to track and trace.
“At the FBI, we see first-hand the dangers posed when criminals bend the important technological promise of cryptocurrency to illicit ends,” says Wray. The director explains that employees at his agency have observed that “criminals (are now) using cryptocurrency to try to prevent us from following the money across a wide range of investigations.”
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