Hackers and scammers netted more than $2 billion in three quarters of 2022 after successful cryptocurrency thefts.
What is known
ImmuneFi published a report on the results of the thirdquarter, which says that from July to August, attackers stole $428 million. Moreover, the Nomad Bridge and Wintermute hacks brought hackers a total of $350 million - $190 million and $160 million, respectively. In the top three, far behind, was the fraud of the developers of the Racoon Network and Freedom Protocol project, due to which users lost $ 20 million.
As expected, almost all losses from thefts werefixed in the decentralized finance (DeFi) sector. The share of losses of such services was 98.8% in the third quarter of 2022. More than half of the hacks were on the BNB Chain and Ethereum blockchains – 28.6% and 23.2%, respectively.
The most profitable period for hackers in 2022was the first quarter. At that time, the attackers were able to steal more than $1.2 billion in cryptocurrency, including $625 million after the Ronin bridge was hacked, which is still the biggest theft this year. In total, over the three quarters, hackers and scammers enriched themselves by $2.328 billion.