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What the Russia Hack Indictments Reveal About Bitcoin

The Russian operatives accused of hacking the Democratic National Committee in 2016 didn’t use cash or credit cards. To pay for servers and domain names, they turned to bitcoin, a digital currency that allows for secure payments without banks, government authorization or verified identities.

Yet what makes bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies appealing to criminals also limits its usefulness to them. Bitcoin transaction records helped investigators find the Russian agents under indictment. To cover their tracks,

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