Crypto Crime Surges to All-Time High in 2021, but Plummets in Terms of This Metric, Says Chainalysis

Crypto Crime Surges to All-Time High in 2021, but Plummets in Terms of This Metric, Says Chainalysis


Crypto-related crime levels skyrocketed to an all-time high in 2021 – but that statistic doesn’t paint a complete picture, according to Chainalysis.

In a new report, the analytics firm notes that illicit addresses received $14 billion worth of crypto in 2021, a new record and an increase of more than 79% from the $7.8 billion illicit addresses received in 2020.

Source: Chainalysis

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However, total crypto transaction volume surged to $15.8 trillion in 2021, a whopping 567% increase from the previous year.

Explains Chainalysis,

“In fact, with the growth of legitimate cryptocurrency usage far outpacing the growth of criminal usage, illicit activity’s share of cryptocurrency transaction volume has never been lower.

Transactions involving illicit addresses represented just 0.15% of cryptocurrency transaction volume in 2021 despite the

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