Attackers began to use coronavirus to create new cryptocurrency fraudulent schemes, however, their profit decreased in a pandemic amid falling rates. Such data are provided by the analytical portal Chainalysis.
In their April 10 report, researchers found that phishing and blackmail were becoming more common as a result of the spread of COVID-19.
In the first case, criminals trick the confidential information of victims by posing as employees of charitable organizations collecting donations in cryptocurrencies to fight against coronavirus.
There has been an increase in blackmail: some fraudsters threaten to infect victims' families with coronavirus if they do not list a certain number of bitcoins to the addresses of the attackers.
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But, despite the increase in the activity of fraudsters, the total value of cryptocurrencies sent to the criminals' accounts fell by 61% from March 13 to March 31. It is noted that the decrease in the indicator is not caused by an increase in the vigilance of citizens - the volumes have corruptedly dropped due to the fall in the BTC rate.
Those. the average number of victims of fraudsters remains at the same level.