• After a flurry of media attention, a dark web blockchain analysis tool was suspended

  • Antinalysis, a service designed to assist dark web users in identifying compromised bitcoin addresses, has been suspended following an investigation by state agencies.

    The tool has sparked a flurry of media interest in recent days, following the discovery of its existence by blockchain analysis firm Elliptic in a blog post on August 13. Elliptic co-founder Tom Robinson tweeted screenshots of the site being suspended this morning.

    “So, after a lot of media attention, I’m sorry to say, Antinalysis has attracted [the] attention of state agencies,” the tool’s creator wrote on a dark web forum.

    The statement went on to say that Antinalysis’ data source, which it used to see if bitcoin addresses were linked to criminal activity, had been disconnected by its provider.

    Elliptic’s Robinson tweeted on August 13 that the Antinalysis results are “identical to those provided by AMLBot – which is itself a reseller for Crystal Blockchain, an analytics provider.”

    The creator of Antinalysis, writing under the pen name Pharoah [sic], stated in a dark web forum post that the service has been “temporarily suspended” while they work to resolve the data issue. The site, which is powered by the anonymous web service Tor, is currently showing a “service suspended” notice.

    Pharoah wrote in a statement to reporter Joe Tidy, “Our team believes, that in the current democratic world, every single human being has the right to do whatever they want and have complete control over their privacy while not violating the individual rights of others.” We are activists who oppose state agencies conducting mass surveillance in the name of national security and criminal investigations.”

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