Cyber Crime

Bitcoins and Routing Data: An Analysis of 'Ulbricht'

, New York Law Journal


In his Cyber Crime column, Peter A. Crusco discusses implications of the recent Second Circuit decision in 'Ulbricht', in which Internet routing data was obtained via pen register. The evidence provided a key link connecting defendant's online activity to a massive Bitcoin criminal enterprise scheme that thrived through a website called Silk Road. 'Ulbricht' is example of why courts proceed with care when considering changes, however slight, to the Fourth Amendment's concept of privacy expectations in communications and records in the digital age.

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