Cybercrime Trends Research 2019 Report Released

  • It is reported that virtual currency scams are mainly in the name of blockchain, digital currency, bitcoin, and mining.
  • Blockchain application has landed the first spot.
  • Investment fraud like speculation in foreign exchange, also directly points to such frauds.

Yesterday, 360 Enterprise Security Group and 360 Hunting Network Platform released the 2019 Cybercrime Trends Research Report, which for the first time systematically disclosed many fancy hot spots scams in 2019. Among these scams, the most destructive to the victim’s money bag is the blockchain hot spot scam. The report shows that from the perspective of per capita losses caused by various types of financial fraud, the per capita loss caused by virtual currency fraud is the highest. 

Bitcoin (₿) is a cryptocurrency. It is a decentralized digital currency without a central bank or single administrator that can be sent from user to user on the peer-to-peer bitcoin network without the need for intermediaries.

It is reported that virtual currency scams are mainly in the name of blockchain, digital currency, bitcoin, and mining, to induce victims to launch various so-called coin and chain, with high-yield technology investments. The project is essentially a scammer who follows the trend and catches the spotlight and uses the popular concept in the market to cheat. Because these virtual currency investments are large, the per capita losses caused are also high. As early as 2017, domestic virtual currency trading and related exchanges were stopped by regulation, but with the recent state’s explicit support for blockchain technology, scammers have begun to cheat on hot spots.

It is worth noting that, in the top ten scams for cybercrime in 2019 summarized in the report, “Blockchain application has landed the first spot.” Among the six major variants of cybercrime in 2019 analyzed in the report, investment fraud like speculation in foreign exchange, also directly points to such frauds, and the majority of netizens need to be vigilant.

According to the report, recently, various banks are promoting ETC business. After some users apply for ETC, they have received a text message: “Dear owner, your ETC review process has not been completed. Please click the link below to complete it as soon as possible. Send $28.” After seeing the last sentence, “$28 for immediate delivery,” the user became suspicious and asked the bank to learn that it was a scam text message.

In addition to the above cases, some users also reported to the hunting platform, saying that they received a text message asking users to log in to a website with “ETC system updated, and secondary information needs to be authenticated in time.” The URL is actually a phishing site. The report states that ETC scams mainly send information such as secondary authentication and incomplete auditing through disguised phone numbers to induce victims to hang on.

An exchange-traded fund (ETF) is an investment fund traded on stock exchanges, much like stocks. An ETF holds assets such as stocks, commodities, or bonds and generally operates with an arbitrage mechanism designed to keep it trading close to its net asset value.

According to the 360 ​​hunting platform monitoring, the average daily blocking volume of phishing websites posing as ETC in the second half of this year was as high as 70,000-80,000 times. The hunting net reminds consumers that you must go to formal channels for business. If you have any questions, you can call the bank’s official telephone for consultation.

Liars will naturally not be overlooked during the National Consumer’s Day, such as Double Eleven. The report said that during the Double Eleven this year, hunting nets received reports. According to the victim, he was attracted by a “building building” activity launched by an online shopping platform. The activity was based on the PK of two teams and the victory and defeat were measured according to the height and level of the floor covered.

When the victim was worried about surpassing the opponent to reach the “building goal” as soon as possible, he saw a message in a mutual-help group that “can help build a building, steal a tower, and intend to add WeChat or QQ to communicate”. Then added the other party’s WeChat according to the message. After receiving the guarantee that the other party “successful payment can help build the building, and can also win the championship.”

In fact, during the coming years, scammers will make new scripts to cheat based on official activities of the big platform. After the peak shopping period, scammers will also scam with refund scams.

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Joyce Davis

My history goes back to 2002 and I  worked as a reporter, interviewer, news editor, copy editor, managing editor, newsletter founder, almanac profiler, and news radio broadcaster.

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