Sheriff’s Office tries to fight cyber crime with Bitcoin mining

Posted: October 29, 2017 at 1:07 a.m.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/CHARLIE KAIJO Detective Olin Rankin and Detective Keith Eoff (right) work out of their office in the Cyber Crime Division on Friday at the Benton County Sheriff's Office in Bentonville. The Benton County Sheriff's Office hopes mining for Bitcoin will help detectives catch criminals on the dark web. It's a way of getting the digital currency. The cybercrime division can then use it for undercover operations in various capacities online.

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office hopes a pilot program in its Cyber Crimes Division will further combat child pornography, child predators and other crimes online.

Cyber crime division explains Bitcoin pilot program

NWA Democrat-Gazette/CHARLIE KAIJO Detective Olin Rankin and Detective Keith Eoff work out of their office in the Cyber Crime Division on Friday at th...

Bitcoin at a glance

• Bitcoin is still the No. 1 cryptocurrency (digital currency) in the world.

• Bitcoin’s market cap was about $100 billion.

• A single bitcoin was worth about $5,770 as of Friday afternoon.

• The last 24-hour trading volume was $1.8 billion worth of bitcoins.

• More than 16,650,000 bit-coins are currently circulating.

Source: Coinmarketcap.com as of 5 p.m. Saturday

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