People working in an office

Member case studies

Read how we help our Members improve their services, make their platforms safer and help stop the spread of child sexual abuse imagery online.


Chainalysis helps IWF disrupt the commercial aspect of online child sexual abuse imagery
Chainalysis, who have offices in New York, USA, and Copenhagen, Denmark, became an IWF Member in August 2016.

Their mission is to enable people to safely transact on the decentralised internet and prevent abuse of cryptocurrencies by malicious actors.

The transfer of value over the internet requires new methods of data analysis, visualisation and actionable intelligence to protect the integrity of our financial system. Founded in 2014, Chainalysis is the leading provider of Anti-Money Laundering software for Bitcoin. They work with global financial institutions, like Barclays and Bitcoin exchanges to enable every stakeholder to assess risk in this new economy. Their customers have checked over $25 billion worth of transactions using their platform.

What was Chainalysis’s challenge?

As well as allowing customers to use Chainalysis’s products to detect fraud and identify malicious online behaviour such as money laundering, Chainalysis wanted to ensure they’re doing what they can to disrupt the commercial aspect of online child sexual abuse imagery.

What was Chainalysis’s solution?

By becoming a Member of the IWF, Chainalysis has access to the IWF’s database of Bitcoin addresses that are linked to online child sexual abuse imagery, through the IWF Virtual Currency Alerts. This enables them to help their law enforcement and private sector customers work together to disrupt the commercial distribution of these images.

Chainalysis analysts receive the alerts and investigate the transactions associated to these alerts. Where exchanges can be identified, they are alerted and assisted in contacting the relevant law enforcement agency.

Chainalysis logo

Other case studies

Gavin Patterson, CEO of BT Group, and John Carr, OBE Secretary of Children’s Charities’ Coalition on Internet Safety, talk about the work of IWF.

Antigone Davis, Head of Global Safety at Facebook, talks about their partnership with IWF.

Matt Brittin, President, EMEA Business and Operations of Google, talks about IWF partnership, the Image Hash List and WeProtect.

Michel van der Bel, President of Microsoft EMEA, talks about their partnership with IWF.