Analytical tools for blockchain: review, taxonomy and open challenges.
|Balaskas, Anastasios and Franqueira, Virginia N. L.
Bitcoin has introduced a new concept that could feasibly revolutionise the entire Internet as it exists, and positively impact on many types of industries including, but not limited to, banking, public sector and supply chain. This innovation is grounded on pseudo-anonymity and strives on its innovative decentralised architecture based on the blockchain technology. Blockchain is pushing forward a race of transaction-based applications with trust establishment without the need for a centralised authority, promoting accountability and transparency within the business process. However, a blockchain ledger (e.g., Bitcoin) tend to become very complex and specialised tools, collectively called “Blockchain Analytics”, are required to allow individuals, law enforcement agencies and service providers to search, explore and visualise it. Over the last years, several analytical tools have been developed with capabilities that allow, e.g., to map relationships, examine flow of transactions and filter crime instances as a way to enhance forensic investigations. This paper discusses the current state of blockchain analytical tools and presents a thematic taxonomy model based on their applications. It also examines open challenges for future development and research.
|Blockchain; Cryptocurrency; Bitcoin; Tools; Blockchain Analytics; Digital Forensics; Cybercrime Investigation
|IEEE Computer Society
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
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|06 Dec 2018
|Publication process dates
|28 Jan 2019, 17:28
|University of Derby
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