CipherTrace reported that losses from crimes related to cryptocurrencies reached $ 1.9 billion in 2020.
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— CipherTrace (@ciphertrace) January 28, 2021
In 2020, users lost 57% fewer assets than a year earlier. In 2019, the figure was $ 4.5 billion. Despite the same number of crimes, the average amount of damage decreased by 160%.
According to the report, the biggest loss is associated with the Ponzi pyramids. In 2019, the damage from PlusToken was $ 2.9 billion, or 64% of the annual rate. In 2020, according to a similar scheme, WoToken lured from investors $ 1.1 billion, or 58% of losses for the entire year.
More than half of thefts in 2020 are related to the hacking of applications in the decentralized finance (DeFi) sector – $ 129 million. A year earlier, this figure was almost zero. About 99% of the major scams in the second half of the year were DeFi exit scams.
The KuCoin exchange fell victim to the biggest hack of 2020, worth $ 281 million. Most of the stolen funds (84%) were recovered, which CipherTrace called an unprecedented case.