Bitcoin speculators dominate crypto use now

Speculative uses are now responsible for most transactions today. That doesn’t mean criminals stopped using Bitcoin, it's just that the proportions have effectively swapped. The total volume of criminal bitcoin transactions has still increased over the years as dark market activity has grown.

The volume has grown tremendously, the amount of transactions and the dollar value has grown tremendously over the years in criminal activity, but the ratio has decreased. The majority of transactions are used for price speculation.

Lilita Infante, a special agent from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

The figures Infante states indicate that most criminals are still using Bitcoin as a means of payment for more than just drug deals. Criminal networks are increasingly finding digital currencies useful for other purposes. These include cross-border payments and money laundering.

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