Crypto Breaches And Fraud Increasing 41% Every Year On Average

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Crypto Breaches And Fraud Increasing 41% Every Year On Average

New research from Crypto Head reveals crypto breaches and fraud increased 40.7% in 2020 from 2019, with 2021 set to break last year’s record for the number of offences.

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The study analyses significant breaches and fraud involving crypto from 2011 to 2021 to determine how much they are increasing, how much has been taken, the most valuable thefts, and the most commonly targeting countries and currencies.

Cases Of Crypto Breaches And Fraud

Year Number of breaches and fraud Average value Total value % increase/decrease of the number of breaches and fraud
2011 9 $1,091,222 $9,821,000
2012 14 $437,929 $6,131,000 +55.60%
2013 17 $813,028 $13,821,480 +21.4%
2014 13 $48,826,538 $634,745,000 -23.5%
2015 10 $40,077,000 $400,770,000 -23.1%
2016 5 $29,453,800 $147,269,000 -50%
2017 21 $223,524,667 $4,694,018,000 +320%
2018 22 $196,434,045 $4,321,549,000 +4.8%
2019 27 $156,350,222 $4,221,456,000 +22.7%
2020 38 $46,538,500 $1,768,463,000 +40.7%
2021 to date 32 $93,312,500 $2,986,000,000 Incomplete figures for 2021
  • $19.2bn has been stolen via crypto breaches and fraud in the last 10 years.
  • On average the number of offences grows 41% every year.
  • 2017 saw hackers make the most money, stealing highs of $4.7 billion in total and $223.5 million on average.
  • Bitcoin is the most targeted currency accounting for 33.3% of breaches and fraud.

The Most Targeted Countries

Rank Country Number of breaches and fraud Average value Total value
1 United States 17 $47,339,529 $804,772,000
2 United Kingdom 12 $35,230,750 $422,769,000
3 South Korea 9 $18,333,333 $165,000,000
4 Japan 7 $178,542,000 $1,249,794,000
5 China 6 $168,453,500 $1,010,721,000
  • The United States is the most commonly targeted country with 17 breaches and fraud specifically tied to this country, followed by the United Kingdom (12), South Korea (9).
  • It wasn’t the most targeted entities that suffered the most, as Turkey lost the highest sum through the Thodex scam, which saw $2 billion stolen, followed by Japan ($1.2 billion stolen in total) and China ($1 billion stolen in total).
  • Though, the vast majority of cases can’t be tied to any one country as 91 breaches and fraud are ‘undefined’.

The Most Common Types Of Offences

Rank Type Number Average value Total value
1 Breach 126 $24,991,559 $3,148,936,480
2 DeFi Breach 41 $26,900,634 $1,102,926,000
2 Fraud 41 $364,687,341 $14,952,181,000
  • The most common type of attack is breaches of wallets and exchanges, with 126 in the last ten years, which is far more than offences involving DeFi attacks and fraud (both 41).
  • The largest of these breaches to date saw Mt. Gox have $615 million stolen over the years, leading to the platform ultimately becoming insolvent in 2014.
  • However, it was cases of fraud that were the most lucrative for criminals, seeing perpetrators walk away with on average $365 million - over 14 times as much as breaches.

Find the research here: https://cryptohead.io/research/crypto-breaches-and-fraud/

Crypto Breaches And Fraud

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