Security Breaches Map

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.

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 bi-annual report.

Select a time period to see number of incidents and the total volume of funds stolen

Key findings

  • • Approximately $12.1 billion in cryptocurrencies was stolen between Jan 2011 and Dec 2021.
  • • The most popular method of crypto-theft has been the infiltration of crypto-exchange security systems.
  • • The largest cryptocurrency security breach to date is the incident involving the Japanese exchange Coincheck in 2018.
  • There have been 120 security attacks, 73 DeFi protocol exploits, and 33 fraudulent schemes.
  • • So far, $3.18 billion has been stolen through security breaches, $7.12 billion has been stolen through scams, and $1.76 billion through DeFi hacks.
  • • The most common locations for exchange security breaches are the United States, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Japan, and China.