Crypto hacks have stolen $1 billion across 75 incidents so far in 2023, a significant drop from the $3.2 billion stolen in 60 hacks in 2022. However, the fall in value is not due to stronger security defenses or a decline in hacker interest in crypto. Rather, it is due to the market crash, which has seen the price of Bitcoin and Ether plummet.
Despite the drop in value, the rise in the number of hacks is concerning. Cybersecurity experts warn that a proliferation of smaller hacks may presage more heists in the future. They also call for well-defined rules to regulate the industry, as crypto assets are financial instruments that should be viewed as such.
In addition to hacks, criminals are also using other methods to steal crypto, such as online extortion and impersonation scams. This suggests that more people are falling victim to crypto scams, which is another concern.
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The rise in crypto hacks and scams is a serious problem for the industry. It undermines trust in crypto and deters new investors from entering the market. It also makes it more difficult for legitimate crypto businesses to operate.
Regulators around the world are starting to take notice of the problem and are developing new regulations to address it. However, it is still early days, and it will take time for these regulations to be implemented and to have an impact.
In the meantime, there are a number of things that crypto investors can do to protect themselves:
- Only invest money that you can afford to lose.
- Do your research before investing in any crypto project.
- Use strong passwords and two-factor authentication on all of your crypto accounts.
- Be wary of any investment opportunities that seem too good to be true.
- Never give out your private keys to anyone.
By following these tips, crypto investors can reduce their risk of falling victim to hacks and scams.