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Blockchain Analysis Explained

 

What is blockchain analysis?

Blockchain analysis is a process of inspecting, classifying, and visually representing the data produced by the blockchains which are basically a cryptographic distributed- ledgers. This process occurs in order to gain actionable insights and understand the different actors on the blockchain.

What is blockchain?

In order to get a better understanding of the blockchain analysis’ process, we must first understand the meaning of blockchain. 

Blockchain is a distributed database that enables secure transactions without the need of a trusted third party, like banks. It maintains the continuous growth of blocks which exists in order to replace the trusted third party. The blocks are a list of permanently ordered records that are linked using cryptography. Each of the blocks contains a timestamp and transaction data of the previous block, hence the name: block-chain. Another significant fact about the blocks- once written, can’t be destroyed, or even altered. 

How does it work?

 As mentioned above- the purpose of blockchain is to record and distribute digital information without the option to edit, delete or alter it. The overall process is as following: 

First, a new transaction enters the database.

Second, the transaction is now transferred to P2P (pear to pear) network. All network participants can now solve the mathematic code in order to confirm that the transaction is in fact valid.

After doing so, the transaction is clustered into a block that contains a cryptographic hash of the previous block and transaction data. These blocks are now connected with that timestamp permanently.

Only after all the stages above are completed the transaction is completed as well.

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Why do we need blockchain analysis?

Blockchain analysis is a solution that provides the possibility to monitor a transaction, assess the risks, and investigate transactions and blockchain addresses manually. The whole purpose of blockchain analysis is to associate real existing identities with blockchain addresses and of course, provide us with the tools to analyze the transaction activities. We can do so by using the following blockchain analysis tools’ functions:

  • Risk analysis and transaction monitoring– you can trace the flow of funds between addresses, monitor every transaction connected to your business, and asses the risks based on various factors such as the sender’s history or the fund’s origin.
  • Address classification– the ability to connect a blockchain address to a real-existing person is very important. Without it, blockchain has no extra value.
  • Investigating tools– gives us the option to investigate the blockchain addresses and transactions manually.

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Utilization of the blockchain net

Not only that the blockchain can make the third party unnecessary, but it also has great potential in a variety of domains. Here are a few examples:

Healthcare

The blockchain provides the medical staff with the opportunity to securely store their patients’ medical records on an encrypted database that can only be accessible to authorized individuals or healthcare providers.

Property records

If you want to buy any kind of property, especially one whose history is important such as a car or a house, blockchain is extremely valuable to you. Nowadays, history records and documentation of those properties is being kept by a third party, a government office. The problem with this is that getting those records and documents requires the services of a government employee which is not only costly but also time-consuming. With blockchain, there is no need for scanning documents, or chasing down some physical files. If a property owner is legitimated and stored, the owner can be sure that the deed is accurate and recorded permanently. 

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Is blockchain secure?

The answer is yes and no.

Blockchain technology’s main purpose is to allow people, even the ones with trust issues, to share important data in a secure way. And it works, but there are loopholes. For example, putting together the cryptographic tools in an unsecured way isn’t that surreal according to Neha Narula, the director of MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative. There are other ways that blockchain might not be as secure as you’d expect. Other minors on the net can trick you into wasting time and resources on crypto puzzles that are already solved.

Don’t worry, we can help with that. We can trace it down to the minor that committed the fraud and help you get back what’s yours.

 Here is an example of a process we go through with our clients: 

 

As you can see, we were able to locate the funds were sent eventually to Binance.com

Binance is a fully regulated exchange that in order to use the scammers will have to provide their ID documents.

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