Money flows in the always relevant cryptocurrency Bitcoin can nowadays be traced relatively well. However, the need for new forensic methods is already foreseeable due to the advancing technical development: virtual financial assets, so-called crypto-assets, and financial products like tokens and smart contracts as well as off-chain payment channels are increasingly used. They will soon make current blockchain forensic tools obsolete.


The expected outcomes of the project are:
  • a legal assessment of the developed methods and regulatory recommendations with regard to tokens and payment channels
  • new forensic methods for the analysis of generic crypto-assets that will be integrated as program modules into existing tools (e.g. BlockSci, GraphSense)
  • a systematic analysis and risk assessment of crypto-assets
  • formats for a harmonized exchange of data between involved partners
  • a coordinated cryptocurrency forensics curriculum as a qualification measure for investigators.