Sheriff’s Office mines bitcoin to stop online fraud

     Sheriff Shawn Holloway said Tuesday that with the ever-changing technology, it’s critical for law enforcement officials to keep up with what criminals are doing online.

     Today the sheriff announced that members of their cyber crimes unit will now be mining bitcoins as a way to catch sexual predators and other criminals who are using the secret web browsers.

     According to the Federal Bureau Investigation, there’s been a rise in the number of people using bitcoin to trade or distribute child pornography, to buy drugs illegally and for prostitution or human trafficking.

     The sheriff stated: “We just want to be at the forefront with bitcoin so we have tool in our belt to be able to combat this and keep our great community safe”.

     Mining bitcoins is different than buying or trading the digital currency. Detective David Undiano said it’s a way for detectives to gather bitcoins online without being discovered or traced by criminals and it’s cheaper. He noted: “People are selling child pornography on the dark web and on the internet. They are accepting bitcoins, not payments. We can’t use the sheriff’s office credit card, and we cant exchange child pornography. We need some type currency to get this and then identify who we are getting it from. That way, we can go arrest that person”.

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