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Defense Expert Says Cryptocurrency is not Favourable for Terrorist Organizations

Yana Fanusie

Cryptocurrency is an unfavourable form of money for terrorist networks. However, one professional expects the U.S. Congress to take action to halt its acceptance for a sanctuary fiscal conduit for international terrorist systems.  

Yaya Fanusie, an Expert for Defense of Democracies Center on Sanctions Finance and Illicit, declared that money is still an ideal form of currency for terrorist groups. In an assertion given to Congress, Yaya stated that in spite of collective efforts, terrorist organizations have been unable to use cryptocurrency to back their terrorist acts.

Searching for ways to exchange digital coins to fiat currency might seem like a risky trip numerous miles away into regions where reconnaissance infrastructure may find more success in monitoring the movements.  As a result, Boko Haram, al Qaeda and ISIS remain to adhere to the currency.

According to the Forbes report, Ted Knutson outlined the functional difficulties related with the usage of cryptocurrencies to back jihadist plans. Bitcoin along with other virtual currencies might seem like the ideal fit. Unfortunately, jihadists do not operate in the locales.

In case Fansusie’s allegations are factual, then the experts who support the virtual currency terrorist financing rherotics are truly mistaken. CEO of Coin Center  Jerry Britto in 2017 claimed that according to CNAS (Center for a New American Security), the use of Bitcoin in terrorist acts in the middle of 2015 and 2017 were equivalent to just about eight Bitcoin.

The Experts of AML (Anti-Money Laundering) and KYC (Know-Your-customer) rules make it even more difficult for terrorist organizations to make use of virtual currencies. The government authorities are believed to become wiser to monitor exchanges on blockchains that are popular.

As per the CNAS report, the evidence confirmed the use of cryptocurrencies in terrorist funding. Additionally, the report showed that jihadists were still able to use the mainstream funding to back their activities. Therefore, they had no motive to alter money with cryptocurrency.

But, Yaya is still wary  that jihadists have no use for the cryptocurrency. The cryptocurrency wallets are reportedly being integrated by multiple websites containing radical propaganda. Even though terrorist networks cannot use digital coins to finance their terrorist acts, they can use them for brainwashing people and spreading their pomposity.  

Can you ever expect cryptocurrency would become a viable option for terrorist funding? Let us know your ideas in the comments section below.

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