22 Jan 2020
Britain’s tax agency is inviting contractors to provide a tech tool to help Britain’s tax agency combat crypto cybercriminals.
What the agency wants
The technology, which Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) posted on Jan. 17 in an open contract call worth 100,000 pounds sterling, should gather intelligence through cluster analysis. The HMRC’s Cybercrime team hopes this will help them correlate crypto-asset transactions with service providers.
As opposed to free online tools and human analysis that exist, HMRC reportedly believes a commercial product would help the agency illuminate the blind spots that currently allow criminal activity to fester.
HMRC wants to track and analyze, at a minimum, the big coins and, ideally, privacy tokens Monero, Zcash, and Dash — which have been notoriously difficult for regulators to track.
The Cybercrime team was created to shield Britain’s tax revenue from attempted fraud. Specifically, HMRC’s repayment system is vulnerable to complex and clever criminality — hacking, malicious software (malware), and distributed denial of service are leading offenders. Phishing scams are most notable and have evolved from email to text form.
By Andrew Calderaro, Cointelegraph, 21 January 2020
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