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Robbing a Locked Bank Vault from Home: Legal Issues Raised by Cryptocurrency Frauds 

Cryptocurrency theft remains a major concern for traders and investors given that billions of dollars of cryptocurrency are stolen every year. These cutting-edge problems intersect in interesting ways with companies' existing fraud and anti-money laundering concerns, but it all starts with the cryptocurrency "wallet."

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The number of individuals and businesses holding or using cryptocurrencies is expected to reach 200 million by 2024. The advent of cryptocurrencies has raised a host of legal issues; some of the most immediate ones — such as whether cryptocurrencies are securities — appear to have been resolved, but cryptocurrency theft remains a major concern for traders and investors given that billions of dollars of cryptocurrency are stolen every year. These cutting-edge problems intersect in interesting ways with companies’ existing fraud and anti-money laundering concerns, but it all starts with the cryptocurrency “wallet.”

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