Mastercard acquires blockchain analytics firm CipherTrace to strengthen its presence in crypto-assets

Mastercard’s masterstroke?

For several months now, a battle has been raging between Visa and Mastercard to get into the cryptocurrency industry.

Both US payment networks are already helping many businesses offer crypto-currencies to their customers, and are also involved in experiments related to central bank digital currencies (CBDCs).

Today, Mastercard just got the edge on this fierce competition. The company has just acquired CipherTrace, a firm that specializes in analyzing blockchains and their assets.

The firm works with government institutions and some of the world’s largest banks. CipherTrace offers anti-money laundering and digital forensics solutions, as well as being able to de-anonymize the majority of crypto-asset transactions(specifically those passing through blenders).

The deal is expected to close before 2022 and the terms of the agreement, including the amount released by Mastercard, have not been disclosed.

For Ajay Bhalla, president of safety and security at Mastercard, crypto-currencies have the potential to reshape commerce, whether it’s for everyday acts like paying and getting paid or transforming economies in a broader sense, making them more inclusive and efficient:

“With the rapid growth of the digital asset ecosystem comes the need to ensure trust and security. Our goal is to leverage the complementary capabilities of Mastercard and CipherTrace to achieve this,” he added.

In addition to this move by Mastercard to strengthen its presence in the crypto-asset sector, the company has already tested the USDC stablecoin on its network to allow its customers to pay in cryptocurrencies.

On the same topic – ConsenSys raises $65 million from JPMorgan and Mastercard

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Mastercard acquires blockchain analytics firm CipherTrace to strengthen its presence in crypto-assets

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