Eray Arda Akartuna – Cryptocurrency Threat Analyst at Elliptic | PhD researcher in Future Crime at UCL

Eray Arda Akartuna – Cryptocurrency Threat Analyst at Elliptic | PhD researcher in Future Crime at UCL

Arda is a crypto threat analyst at Elliptic with a focus on crypto-based terrorist financing, dark web vendors, NFTs and DeFi-related crime. He is also a PhD researcher and guest lecturer at the Dawes Centre for Future Crime at University College London (UCL), focusing on the money laundering and terrorist financing risks of emerging technologies. He has advised numerous international organizations, public and private sector entities on future crime issues.

Research focus: Money laundering, terrorist financing, the role of new technologies (including cryptocurrencies, new payment methods and FinTech) as financial crime enablers, improving existing counter-measures through horizon scanning and crime scripting analysis.

Role includes using blockchain forensics and OSINT to identify illicit use of cryptocurrency by a wide range of threat actors, including: darknet markets, ransomware, terrorist organisations, carding/data vendors, scams & Ponzi schemes, right-wing extremists, Covid-19/vaccine disinformation, organised crime groups, NFT-related illicit activity and DeFi exploits.

Working in academic collaboration between the Dawes Centre for Future Crime at University College London (UCL) and Australian National Unversity (ANU) to provide a thorough understanding of future money laundering & terrorist financing risks within cryptoasset-based technologies.

Latest reviews by Eray Arda Akartuna
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Biggest Decentralized Finance Hacks: New Crypto DeFi Crime Trends
Decentralized finance (DeFi) has had a challenging year – losing 75% of its total value locked over the last 11 months. While the crypto crash might have hit investors
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How Much Are Crypto Criminals Laundering Using Blockchain Technology?
Crypto criminals will launder at least $10.5 billion by 2025 by harnessing new blockchain technology that is creating opportunities for financial crime faster
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NFT Thefts and Financial Crime. Types of Scams in Non-Fungible Tokens
The prevalence of scammers on online NFT communities remains a key issue for traders and marketplaces, and can result in millions of dollars worth of asset losses with a few seconds
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NFT Use Cases: Digital Artwork, Fundraising, Metaverse, Exclusive Membership & Gaming
NFT marketplaces must be proactive in risk management to mitigate these repetitional risks and issues. Sanctions screening solutions are also becoming increasingly essential for NFT-based platforms