According to Cointelegraph auf Deutsch, the security experts of Kaspersky Lab’s have discovered that cyber criminals stole more than 21,000 in Ethereum (about $10 million) via social engineering schemes over the last year.
On July 9, it was reported that scammers have caused more than a hundred thousand alarms on the whole on security software in connection with cryptocurrencies since January 2018.
Kaspersky Lab representatives mentioned that cyber criminals select investors interested in ICO, using fake websites and phishing emails with an e-wallet number to steal the money.
Another way to commit a scam is a “cryptocurrency giveaway,” where scammers convince investors that they will get a higher amount of the same cryptocurrency later, if they pay a small sum of it now. For this scam cyber criminals use fake social media accounts pretending to be famous people, such as Elon Musk or Pavel Durov.
Kaspersky Lab, which mainly produces antiviruses, has already been studying criminal behaviors involving cryptocurrencies. In June, the company reported about “cryptojacking,” which involves malware that is able to mine for crypto without the owner’s agreement.
In 2017, Kaspersky Lab warned cryptocurrency owners about a trojan that changes the wallet address on a user’s clipboard in order to redirect cryptocurrency transactions to cyber criminals.