Map of Security Breaches and Fraud Involving Crypto 2011-2021

Full, detailed analysis of all security breaches and fraudulent activities involving cryptocurrencies over the last 10 years.

Cryptocurrency crime is growing in parallel with cryptocurrency markets. Here you can explore the largest incidents of stolen funds involving cryptocurrencies that have occurred over the last ten years, taking into account the way the incident happened and the volume of funds stolen. Crystal now also includes DeFi protocol exploits in its quarterly report.

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Key findings
  • Approximately $10 billion in total worth of cryptocurrencies has been stolen between 2011 and May 2021.
  • The largest crypto security breach thus far was the incident involving Japanese exchange Coincheck in 2018.
  • So far, $2.86 billion has been stolen through security breaches and $6.8 billion has been stolen through scams, and $0.335 billion through DeFi hacks.
  • The most popular method of crypto-robbery is the infiltration of crypto-exchange security systems.
  • The most common locations for exchange security breaches are United States, United Kingdom, South Korea, Japan, and China.
  • There have been 115 security breach attacks, 25 fraudulent schemes, and 19 DeFi protocol exploits in total.
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