Canadian law enforcement has started using specialized software to trace crypto while investigating cybercrimes. Police now have the ability to trace blockchain transactions, identify suspects and determine where funds have been deposited.
As revealed by the local policeman to the Lethbridge Herald newspaper, the police forces are already enjoying access to Chainalysis Reactor software. The program helps to trace cryptocurrency from the point of origin until it’s been deposited in an exchange. Once the trace identifies the platform, police can request the account holder’s information and transaction data to see where the cryptocurrency was sent beyond the exchange.
One of the officers trained as a blockchain analysis investigator emphasized the importance of the software, which took the police’s work with crypto crimes to a new level — before that, agencies across Canada “used to run into a roadblock” once they determined a fraud involving digital assets.
The partnership between Chainalysis and Calgary Police Service started in April 2023. Back then, the company revealed the launch of the Western Canada Cryptocurrency Investigations Centre, which focused on crimes involving blockchain.
Canada ranked 22nd in Chainalysis 2022’s Global Crypto Adoption Index, up from 26th in 2021 and 24th in 2020. In the same year, for every 1000 Canadians, there was at least $1,144 CAD in total exposure to illicit crypto activity, according to Chainalysis.
In August, the Bank of Canada reported a decline in the ownership of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in the country. By the end of 2022, 10.1% of Canadians have been holding the BTC, down from 13.1% in 2021.