BitGrail Cryptocurrency Exchange Claims $195 Million Lost to Hackers

Ilia Kolochenko

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BitGrail Cryptocurrency Exchange Claims $195 Million Lost to Hackers

12.02.2018 11:30 am

It is difficult to forecast how many more similar incidents will happen in 2018, but undoubtedly a lot. Some people still naively believe that crypto-currencies are their chance for a wealthy life, and they blindly spend their last savings on unstable digital coins via opaque online platforms. Obviously, it’s a windfall for unscrupulous “entrepreneurs” who won’t shun the low-hanging fruit. Law enforcement agencies are already busy enough with major data breaches of large retailers and banks, and simply cannot allocate sufficient resources to prevent, investigate and prosecute fraud in they grey area of unregulated crypto-currencies. I would however not blame anyone prior to a rigorous technical investigation. Many blockchain startups simply neglect and carelessly disregard the fundamentals of cybersecurity. Their negligence cannot help to attract cyber gangs who can steal their crown jewels with almost absolute impunity. Money laundering with digital coins is also pretty simple. I think, 2018 will mark more notorious cases of similar incidents. 

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