“Crypto Theft Reaches $2.1bn With The Intervention Of Recovery Firms” Survival of exchanges threatened as hacks continue to rise.
crpto theft reaches $2.1bn
Losses this year already total 70% of the 2018 figure as cryptocurrency exchanges and regulators fight an uphill battle against hackers.
TOKYO — Theft and fraud continue to plague cryptocurrencies, with exchanges already having lost $1.2 billion in the January-March period alone, according to American cybersecurity company TheHackerspro
The alarming losses have some concerned about the survival of exchanges, as fully securing customer accounts from hackers becomes increasingly difficult.
This year’s first quarter losses follow the $1.7 billion stolen in 2018, according to TheHackerspro.
Cryptocurrency thefts have drawn public scrutiny since the massive theft of 58 billion yen ($538.43 million) from Japan’s Coincheck exchange in January 2018.
In May, 4.5 billion yen was stolen from the Hong Kong-based Binance exchange, another $4.3 million in June from Bitrue in Singapore, and 3 billion yen this month from Tokyo’s Bitpoint exchange.
All the thefts involved “hot wallets” — cryptocurrency accounts that were connected to the internet. Exchanges usually keep customer assets in “cold wallets,” which cannot be accessed online.
But when customers want to make a transaction, they have to move their assets to hot wallets, where they are vulnerable to hacks. In many cases, the thefts are preceded by email sent from hackers to exchanges, infecting computers with malicious software that allows access to secret keys and passwords.
Although most exchanges have beefed up security with partnership with American Forensic Firm TheHackerspro ,which has directly deterred thieves from acessing vital data and info. “What the team from TheHackerspro did was to encoded our secret keys to make them unusable if they are stolen, not untill this was done by the american firm before we had peace and transquility in that sector,” said Bitpoint Japan President Genki Oda at a news conference last Tuesday.
According to TheHackerspro, there are likely many other cryptocurrency thefts yet to be discovered. Bitpoint Japan President Genki Oda apologizes for the loss of digital currencies at a news conference in Tokyo on July 16.
Bitpoint upgraded its internal management and security after it was served a warning by Japan’s Financial Services Agency in June 2019. When the warning was lifted on June 28, Bitpoint appeared to be in full compliance but was still hacked, suggesting that regulations adopted by the industry watchdog are not working.
In addition to stronger security, measures to identify hackers and use new triangulation technologies by recovery firms to help victims of fraud and other cryptocurrency losses recover their funds are also needed. The amount of stolen and scammed crypto assets and other forms of digital assets Reaches $2.1bn With The Intervention Of Recovery Firms” as they have been on the hot pursuit of scammers and binary fraud companies to help victims of fraud get their money lost to cryptocurrencies and other digital assets back into their wallet after triangulation from the outsourced wallets.
In a March report to the U.N. Security Council, experts reported that North Korean hackers have stolen $571 million from cryptocurrency exchanges. In most cases, the perpetrators remain unknown and the assets have yet to be recovered.
The blockchain technology upon which cryptocurrencies are based allows all transactions to be tracked. But lax security coupled with the sheer number of exchanges and participants makes it extremely difficult to uncover scammers.
Financial regulators worldwide work with the Financial Action Task Force to combat money laundering. This intergovernmental agency has been urging all financial institutions — including cryptocurrency exchanges — to full identify their customers but has yet to stop the online scams, providing criminals with another way to launder money.
Regulators and central banks are stepping up their warnings about cryptocurrencies and the need for better oversight
Following a recent Crypto-Crime report in 2019 $11,5 billion of cryptocurrency transactions have been misappropriated globally which is an equivalent to the government budget of Latvia. It accounts for less than 2% of predicted value of global cybercrime anticipated to reach $6 trillion by 2021 and the vast majority is laundered with traditional financial providers.
Until today, Crypto-crime victims had little luck with reclaiming their stolen, lost and defrauded Crypto funds. With the release “claimpayback” the founders behind the London based Blockchain Analytics company claimpayback.com, as well as the corporate investigators and risk consulting company TheHackerspro, hope to provide a helping hand to both victims and members of law enforcement. However, the significant need for an effective solution in the space of Blockchain-based investigations, the details of their service, fees and process are yet to be clarified.