Etherscan adds ETHProtect surveillance to blacklist tainted wallets

Etherscan adds ETHProtect surveillance to blacklist tainted wallets

Ethereum block explorer Etherscan adds ETHProtect in a bid to protect against illicit transactions on the platform. The new ETHProtect feature will identify the tainted funds originating from illegal transactions by flagging suspicious wallets and addresses.

The newly launched Etherscan surveillance engine will amplify the platform’s efforts to detect and flag suspicious transactions that are tainting its reputation. The monitoring mechanism is part of the platform’s efforts to reduce illicit transactions from the crypto realm. The community can, therefore, eliminate polluted coins from circulation.

Etherscan adds ETHProtect to weed out dirty coins

ETHProtect, or Every Transaction Hash Protect system, will monitor the incoming funds by tracing their origins. The transactions linked to blacklisted wallets, suspicious addresses, phishing schemes, hacks, and scams will be flagged. The system will identify and report them to the administrators.

The transactions so flagged will be further scrutinized as per their contamination source. Such wallets and addresses are marked red for the users to see. During the transactions, users are warned about these suspicious transactions. The platform warns them about transacting with a potentially illicit operation.

Furthermore, the tainted wallets are marked with a ‘Red Shield.’ It shows all the previous tainted transactions associated with a particular wallet/address along with a history of how that specific wallet became tainted. Their subsequent transactions are also marked red.

Humongous Etherscan data to aid surveillance mechanisms

Surveillance systems are on the rise in the crypto realm as the number of scams is rising, especially during the current pandemic times. Etherscan is one of the most popular Ethereum block explorers in recent times. So, when someone like Etherscan adds ETHProtect, the entire crypto realm benefits. With popularity comes plentiful data that is helpful in identifying the illicit transactions.

As Etherscan adds ETHProtect, the community has responded well. The Etherscan community has been particularly helpful in the platform’s penchant for chronicling exchange misuse for criminal activities, thereby helping keep a check on suspicious transactions.

In case a wallet is flagged erroneously, an review appeal can be filed with the Etherscan team. Also, whitelisted addresses that may be marginally associated with tainted coins but not implicated have also been prepared by the platform. As Etherscan adds the ETHProtect feature, the ever-evolving data further helps the platform cleanse the Ethereum blockchain for the dirty coin.

Gurpreet Thind

Gurpreet Thind

Gurpreet Thind is pursuing Masters in Electrical Engineering at University of Ottawa. His scholarly interests include IT, computer languages and cryptocurrencies. With a special interest in blockchain powered architectures, he seeks to explore the societal impact of digital currencies as finance of the future. He is passionate about learning new languages, cultures and social media.

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