Hacker attacks on stock exchanges and trading platforms are pursued by bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies almost the entire history of their existence. The last such incident was the breaking of the Japanese stock exchange Coinrail on Sunday, after which the total amount of losses of investors and traders in the period from 2011 reached $2.3 billion.
Such updated data brings the analytical resource CryptoAware, noting that this includes incidents such as the infamous TheDAO in 2016, as well as various scams.
Collapse of Mt. Gox in 2014, when about 800 000 BTC was stolen, still remains the largest incident in the crypto-currency industry, but the CryptoAware database has more than 40 different attacks and hacking. In the last year, they occur on average once a month.
The loss of Coinrail as a result of the recent hacking is estimated at $37 million, and by its size this is the ninth largest theft of funds in 2018. A sad “palm tree” is held by another Japanese stock exchange Coincheck, which in January lost 500 million NEM or about $400 million.
Also named and “leader” in the number of hacking – they became the Bitcoinica exchange, which as a result of three different attacks lost more than 78,000 BTC.
In total, the largest losses of investors in cryptocurrencies since 2011 are estimated at 1.7 million BTC, 4.5 million ETH, 304,000 LTC, 500 million NEM, 30 million USDT, 17 million NANO, 670,000 XLM.
Such a picture, of course, cannot but cause concern, and it remains to be hoped that as the infrastructure develops, the safety of stock exchanges and trading platforms will also come to an adequate level.