Title: Cryptocurrency and the Blockchain: A Discussion of Forensic Needs

Issue Number: Vol. 7, No. 4
Year of Publication: Dec - 2018
Page Numbers: 420-435
Authors: Douglas A. Orr, Drew M. Lancaster
Journal Name: International Journal of Cyber-Security and Digital Forensics (IJCSDF)
- Hong Kong
DOI:  http://dx.doi.org/10.17781/P002494


The authors discuss matters concerning Cryptocurrencies in a global context. We also describe what a cryptocurrency is and provide a history of the currencies and their differences with government regulated moneys. Discussion follows with why these digital currencies are important not only to criminals, but also corporations and governments, and outlines the process for which transactions are held legitimate and how the data within the coins are stored. Although criminal activity has profited with cryptocurrencies, these currencies have become more mainstream. The authors identify key forensic artifacts that may be found on digital devices to track transactions and aid in connecting criminals to their malicious actions.