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比特币安全监控公司Elliptic斩获500万A轮融资

比特币监控创业公司Elliptic Enterprises Ltd在日前的A轮融资收获了500万美元的资金。该轮融资由骑士资本集团领投,其他投资人有Santander InnoVentures、KRW Schindler、Digital Currency集团和Octopus风险投资等。

Elliptic创立于2013年,初始业务是提供比特币储存的解决方案。现在该公司主要为司法部门和比特币公司识别比特币区块链上的违法活动提供监控服务。

该公司的软件使用人工智能技术来识别比特币区块链网络上可疑的交易模式,并帮助用户定位和追踪异常交易。

由于Elliptic的软件能够监控区块链上发生的交易,该软件也能够被运用于任何区块链衍生的服务,这意味着该公司也可以为金融机构运用区块链衍生技术进行的交易提供帮助。

前美国国家安全局局长以及现任骑士集团总经理Kenneth Minihan表示:“Elliptic公司打破了区块链行业的游戏规则,并且已经获得执法机构精英人员的重视。我们希望在监控方面的能力未来能成为每一个区块链上的重要组成部分。我们将通过自身与美国执法机构和政府部门的联系和了解,帮助Elliptic在美国扩展业务。"

尽管对于很多使用者来说,比特币的优势之一正是在于其相对匿名性,但是这一点同时也构成了推广电子货币使用的一大障碍:现实世界中,匿名性并不受欢迎,公司也往往因此不敢采用比特币。

"人们逐渐意识到,要想比特币和区块链技术获得更多的认可,其规则必须要像现实世界的其他事物一样,"公司创始人之一James Smith说道。

Elliptic提供的方案不能够完全解决那些对比特币心存疑虑的公司的所有问题,但是它在提供应对非法活动的保护方面取得了很大进步。

目前,包括Elliptic之前从Seedcamp 和John Power公司获得的资金,该公司一共筹集到了700万美元。

公司称,该笔融资将用于扩张在纽约新成立的业务部,并且以打算采用区块链技术的大银行为业务扩展的目标。

Bitcoin surveillance startup Elliptic Enterprises Ltd. has raised $5 million Series A in a round led by Paladin Capital Group which included Santander InnoVentures, KRW Schindler, Digital Currency Group and Octopus Ventures.

Founded in 2013 originally as a Bitcoin storage solution, Elliptic now offers a Bitcoin surveillance service for law enforcement and Bitcoin companies that can identify illicit activity on the Bitcoin Blockchain.

The company's software uses artificial intelligence to explore the Bitcoin Blockchain network for patterns of suspicious transactions and activity and allows users to detect unusual transactions and track their origin.

Given that it tracks transactions on the Blockchain, Elliptic's software can also be applied to any Blockchain derived service, meaning that they are also able to support financial institutions currently investigating, or implementing Blockchain derived solutions for internal and external transactions.

"Elliptic is a game-changer for blockchain and is already trusted by some of the smartest minds in law enforcement and compliance," Kenneth Minihan, former director of the US National Security Agency and now Managing Director at Paladin,told The Telegraph. "The firm's monitoring capability will be an essential component of any blockchain in the future and we will help Elliptic to expand in the US, via our contacts and knowledge of US law enforcement and government agencies."

While the appeal of Bitcoin for many has been its relative anonymity, that has also served as a hurdle for expanded use of the cryptocurrency; the real world doesn't like anonymity, and companies are often fearful of embracing Bitcoin because of this.

"People realise that if Bitcoin and Blockchain is going to be taken seriously you have to start acting like the rest of the world," Co-founder Dr James Smith noted.

Elliptic's solution isn't the full solution for a company that is afraid of using Bitcoin, but it goes a long way in assisting them by offering protection against illicit activity.

Including the new round Elliptic has raised $7 million to date with previous funding coming from Seedcamp and John Power.

The company said it would use the new funds to expand a recently-opened office in New York and to target big banks that want to use Blockchain technology.


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