Antinalysis, the dark web tool used by criminals to establish if cryptocurrencies can be traced, has resurfaced after a report bringing it to light triggered its disappearance.
Elliptic co-founder Tom Robinson was the first to report on the tool and was among the first to pick up on Antinalysis coming back, only this time stepping out of the dark web.
Essentially, Antinalysis is a tool that allows hackers to see if the cryptocurrencies they have requested in a ransomware attack can be traced back to actual recipients of that currency, ie the hackers themselves.
However, the creators of the tool have grown bolder. Instead of limiting the tool's access to the Tor browser, a private gateway to the secret web, Antinalysis has now been released for the broader public to use.
The website simply states: “We are now back and no longer dependent on any third party for address labeling. If you are looking for blockchain privacy, you have arrived at the right place.”
While concerns that the tool will be used by criminals prevail, the website itself makes no such claim. Rather Antinalysis dot org invites you to check if your crypto would be flagged as proceeds of crime, which can be useful to companies as well as criminals, it turns out.
Antinalysis is also a paid service and the website currently accepts payments in Monero, which is a heavily privacy-oriented currency.
Monero is sought after for the fact that it's impossible to trace, but this may soon be changing as the US is looking into developing software that will allow its law enforcement agencies to trace payments carried out in this currency.