In recent times, the growth in popularity of virtual coins and earning opportunities arising from them have attracted more and more people. However, with the increase in investment, even hackers are trying to exploit this trend with scams and malware created specifically for criptovalute. Bitcoin. What’s this? The bitcoin is the most prevalent among the so called criptovalute. It is a “value” agreed between the parties on the basis of the “law of supply and demand”, a bit ‘as the price of gold, diamonds and commodities. It’s money, but it is not a currency. In online transactions, Bitcoin has been shown to have a value (in traditional currencies) varies widely. An example: this morning the price has fallen below the $ 8,000, hitting a low at 7,800, down 5% yesterday. In recent weeks, however, after losing two-thirds of the value in just 100 days, the bitcoin price had edged up, touching the 8,200 dollars and marking an increase of nearly 24% in just 7 days. However, the Bitcoin is not issued or guaranteed by a central bank, it is the result of a software specifically programmed. Possibility of easy gain or scam? The Bitcoin system is not a scam in itself, but is increasingly being used to carry out fraud, extortion, and illegal trade in goods and services in certain jurisdictions. A practice made even easier by the fact that each exchange is destined to remain anonymous and to get lost within the network. Forensics What is Bitcoin? Hence it was necessary to develop a new field of private investigations, the Bitcoin Forensics. “The Bitcoin Forensics is the discipline that deals with detecting objective data, investigative, from transactions and technologies based on Bitcoin,” says Riccardo Meggiato, a leading expert in digital forensics and author of several books on security and computer investigations. “It goes without saying that an investigation of this type is based on in-depth study of blockchain technology, which is the one that governs the operation of bitcoin and most of the crypto-currencies – precise Meggiato – Currently there are no effective tools for analyzing forensic of these technologies, so the analysis is done “by hand” and, therefore, a high level of expertise is required. Although in other branches of computer forensics there is a clear distinction between “forensics” and “OSINT”, in the case of Bitcoin and Blockchain, where it is still in the early days of analysis systems, a distinction is not yet clear. More than anything, we tend to consider intelligence a sub-branch of Bitcoin forensics.”