The BBC reviews how banks and regulators are leveraging AI to combat money laundering. Estimates suggest that not even 1% of criminal funds flowing through the international financial system is confiscated - highlighting both the dire need and opportunity for technology in this space.
And the problem seems to be getting worse, despite tightening regulations. In the UK alone, financial crime Suspicious Activity Reports increased by 10% in 2018, according to the National Crime Agency. The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) told the BBC it was working on "applied technical enhancements" to its armoury of crime-fighting tools to help it keep up with advances in financial tech, but remains understandably tight-lipped on the details.