Can Crypto Theft & Fraud Be Prevented?
February 15, 2019
A recent research study carried out by CipherTrace has revealed that an astonishing $1.7 billion of cryptocurrency was obtained by illicit means in 2018.
With over 1,500 cryptocurrencies in existence, and billions of dollars being bought and sold on crypto exchanges, there are a plethora of opportunities for fraudsters to illicitly use the currency.
Cryptocurrency thefts and scams, especially within crypto exchanges, has increased over 3 fold from 2017 to 2018, seeing a huge $950 million stolen from crypto exchanges alone.
According to CoinMarketCap, the daily trading volume of the crypto market is currently around $13 million – but it’s also being reported that approximately $6 billion of this daily crypto volume is being faked. That makes almost 50% of the market’s volume fraudulent.
One of the biggest scams that was seen within the crypto market was ‘SIM swapping’, a kind of identity theft involving taking control over a victim’s phone number which usually allows the fraudsters to gain access to two-factor authentication codes linked to an account.
How can this be prevented?
The losses of cryptocurrency registered in 2018 alone highlights that a more robust process of authentication is required. This would ensure that a user genuinely is the registered account holder. It will also provide more confidence to buyers and sellers and reduce the volumes of crypto being stolen.
How can we help?
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