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The pandemic has changed how criminals hide their cash—and AI tools are trying to sniff it out

Lockdown has forced criminals to launder money in new ways, but older tech has been slower to adapt than AI techniques.
by Will Douglas Heaven

When economies across the world shut down earlier this year, it wasn’t only business owners and consumers who had to adapt. Criminals suddenly had a problem on their hands. How to move their money?

Profits from organized crime are typically passed through legitimate businesses, often exchanging hands several times and crossing borders, until there is no clear trail back to its source—a process known as money laundering.


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