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Mastercard Acquires CipherTrace Crypto Intelligence Data Provider

Thu, 09/09/2021 - 13:45
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Yuri Molchan
Mastercard giant has acquired CipherTrace blockchain intelligence company
Mastercard Acquires CipherTrace Crypto Intelligence Data Provider
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According to Yahoo Finance, Mastercard behemoth continues its expansion in the crypto industry. It has now signed an agreement to purchase CipherTrace, the flagship crypto intelligence firm that offers data on over 900 crypto coins.

Mastercard plans to enhance its crypto capabilities

The new product will be created using CipherTrace's data on crypto and the cyber security solutions offered by Mastercard. Using it, companies will be able to ensure better transparency, as well as identify risks and work better with obligations in the sphere of crypto regulation and compliance.

Mastercard's president of Cyber and Intelligence, Ajay Bhalla, believes that digital assets will be able to give commerce some new opportunities and help developing countries with financial inclusion and efficient economic development. He said:

Our aim is to build upon the complementary capabilities of Mastercard and CipherTrace to do just this.

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What the new product will do for the crypto sphere

The company provides services to blockchain companies to improve their cyber security and help spot fraudulent activities for programs that involve crypto assets. Among their clients are major banks, crypto exchanges, government regulators and financial institutions.

After acquiring CipherTrace, Mastercard will be able to blend its tech, artificial intelligence and cyber capabilities provided by both companies to differentiate its infrastructure for card payments and real-time payments. This would allow clients to provide better protection to their customers and follow regulatory demands while creating their own business products related to crypto assets.

The acquisition also continues Mastercard's course in the space of crypto assets to help its clients, corporations and merchants to use wider opportunities to transfer digital value.

Earlier, Mastercard also partnered with Uphold, Gemini and BitPay in order to start making crypto cards. In the future, Mastercard plans to support CBDCs, NFTs and likely even use stablecoins directly on its network.

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About the author

Yuri is a crypto journalist interested in technology and technical innovations. He has been in crypto since 2017. Believes that blockchain and cryptocurrencies have a potential to transform the world in the future in many of its aspects. ‘Hodls’ major cryptocurrencies and has written for multiple crypto media outlets. 

His articles have been quoted by such crypto influencers as Tyler Winklevoss, John McAfee, CZ Binance, Max Keiser, etc.

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