There are many ways to be anonymous on the Internet, from VPNs, operating systems, TOR networks, virtual phone numbers and obviously digital assets like BTC, ETH, etc. We all know that, so it is not surprising to see how the bad guys are taking advantage of those mechanisms to commit a crime with absolute freedom indeed they are discovering new ways to get founds.
The growth of Terrorists using Telegram for crypto fundraising campaigns is scary. How do we combat these threats? How can we stop the proliferation of these practices?
Hopefully, regulations, laws, and commissions like SEC are actively evolving "quickly" (https://www.coindesk.com/sec-halts-telegrams-1-7-billion-unlawful-token-issuance)
MEMRI research shows that over the past five years, this has developed from encouragement on jihadi blogs to donate "millions of dollars" in bitcoin to ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, and many others to terrorist groups and their supporters soliciting donations in various cryptocurrencies on social media.