A new use for crypto? Storing terrorists funds
Thinking through cryptocurrency use cases & indicators
A few weeks ago, I was asked if I thought terrorists were storing funds in cryptocurrency. It was an interesting variation on the crypto question that I’m usually asked — whether terrorists are raising or moving funds through crypto. I don’t think we’ve seen any evidence of this to date, but the question is certainly worth pondering. Here, I’ll walk through some potential use cases, identify groups that are more likely to do this than others, consider likely cryptocurrency assets that terrorists might hold, and what indicators we might see to suggest that this is happening.
In case you missed it earlier this week, we took a close look at an informal crowdfunding network raising funds (including cryptocurrency) that was recently disrupted.
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Crypto Storage Use Cases
When terrorists are planning attacks, they need to acquire funds. They might do this by engaging in criminal activity, or by getting funds from a terrorist organization, donations from friends and identity-support networks, or by self-financing the attack. Most attacks cost around $40,000, so rarely require really large sums of money. (Some attacks cost as little as $0, and as much as $850,000, but these are outliers.)