The average amount of stolen funds was $97 583

​Kaspersky Lab: More than a third of Americans were subjected to cryptocurrency theft in 2022

23.03.2023 - 16:00


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What’s new? According to a survey conducted by Kaspersky Lab between October 20 and 24, 2022 among 2000 Americans, more than a third of them fell victim to fraudsters and lost cryptocurrency. The average amount of money stolen was $97 583. The study also revealed a low level of user familiarity with basic safety rules when dealing with cryptocurrencies.

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What else did the survey reveal? Scammers stole personal data from 19% of users, payment details from 27%, and in 24% of cases, users lost access to their accounts. At the same time, only 34% of respondents used two-factor authentication to protect their funds, and 27% deposited assets in their wallets without additional protection. The authors of the survey also reported that 36% of participants in the age group from 25 to 44 years old owned crypto assets, while for those over 55, the figure was 10%.

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According to Marc Rivero, Senior Security Researcher at Kaspersky’s Global Research and Analysis Team, users should be very careful where they invest their money, pay attention to fake websites and watch out for phishing schemes, use all available additional security measures such as multifactor authentication and strong unique passwords for all accounts.

Earlier, Kaspersky Lab experts described a new fraud scheme in which, on behalf of a certain regulator, users are invited to invest in Russian “state cryptocurrency.” As of the end of February 2023, several thousand such emails were detected.


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