Crypto Hackers Steal Over $1 Billion in Q2 2024:  Only 24% Recovered!
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Crypto Hackers Steal Over $1 Billion in Q2 2024: Only 24% Recovered!

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Summary:

  • Cryptocurrency criminals stole over $629.7 million in Q2 2024 across 49 incidents.

  • Only 24% of stolen funds were recovered, highlighting the challenges in safeguarding digital assets.

  • Centralized exchanges (CEX) have become the primary targets for hackers.

  • Access control breaches, which involve gaining unauthorized access to systems, wallets, or accounts, accounted for a significant portion of the losses.

  • The surge in attacks has led to market volatility, wiping out billions in market capitalization and driving up crypto insurance premiums.

Crypto Security Breaches: A $1 Billion Heist in Q2 2024

The cryptocurrency industry faced a wave of security breaches in the second quarter of 2024, with total losses reaching $629.7 million across 49 incidents. According to a report by blockchain security firm Cyvers, only 24% of stolen funds were recovered, highlighting the persistent challenges in safeguarding digital assets.

**Since the beginning of the year, cryptocurrency criminals have seized over $1.38 billion, most of which resulted from "access control breaches."

The Rise of CeFi Attacks

The report reveals a significant shift in attack vectors, with centralized exchanges (CEX) emerging as the primary targets. Two major incidents accounted for over 57% of total losses.

"The dramatic 900% increase in CeFi losses compared to Q2 2023 signals a significant shift in attacker focus," Cyvers commented in the newest report. **"This trend may be attributed to the concentration of assets in centralized platforms and potentially lax security measures in some exchanges."

Access Control Breaches Fuel Exploits

The report also highlights a notable change in hacker tactics, with a 35% increase in access control exploits. These refer to security incidents where attackers gain unauthorized access to systems, wallets, or accounts by exploiting weaknesses in authentication and authorization mechanisms. These breaches accounted for $491,311,000 in losses across 26 incidents, representing a substantial portion of the total $629,689,000 lost in Q2 2024. The DMM Exchange hack, which resulted in a $305 million loss, was reportedly due to a compromised private key, exemplifying this trend.

Crypto Security: A Growing Concern

The surge in attacks has far-reaching economic implications beyond the direct losses. Market volatility triggered by major incidents has wiped billions in market capitalization across the crypto ecosystem. Additionally, the frequency and scale of attacks have led to sharp increases in crypto insurance premiums, adding to the operational costs of Web3 projects.

“The Web3 ecosystem in Q2 2024 has faced substantial challenges from sophisticated cyberattacks. Projects and organizations must implement robust security measures, conduct continuous monitoring, and engage in proactive community efforts,” the report concluded.

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