Kaspersky: cryptocurrency scammers stole $ 2.3 million in the second quarter


Cybercriminals have earned over 2.3 million dollars from cryptocurrency frauds during the second quarter of 2018, according to a new report by Kaspersky Lab.

In the Spam and Phishing report in the second quarter of 2018, the company reported that it has prevented nearly 60,000 attempts by users to visit fraudulent Web pages containing wallet and popular cryptocurrency exchanges from April to June 2018. Intruders have earned the money by causing their victims to send their coins to fake ICOs and distributions of token, explained Kaspersky.

And it's not just token sales. As previously reported by CoinDesk, malicious websites disguised as popular cryptocurrency services have also targeted potential victims.

"The permanence of attacks on financial organizations reflects the fact that more and more people are using e-money," said Nadezhda Demidova, a web content analyst for Kaspersky, in the company's press release, adding:

" Again, not everyone is sufficiently aware of the possible risks, so intruders actively seek to steal sensitive information through phishing. "

more generally, the Kaspersky report also demonstrated the global scope of phishing scams, with South America and Asia that have seen most of the activity in this area.

Brazil alone recorded 15.51% of all phishing attacks during that period. China shared second place with Georgia (14.44%), followed by Kyrgyzstan (13.6%) and Russia (13.27%).

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