FBI survey found that 2016 hackers extorted 28 million US dollars in encrypted currency


nnnThe United States Federal Bureau of Investigation cited the Internet crime reporting center data, issued an annual report on Internet crime, details of the type of Internet attacks in 2016 and the amount of loss. Including business e-mail intrusion, DDoS, extortion software, physical threats and so on. And analysis pointed out that most of these attackers require the use of difficult to track, easy to transfer the bit currency and other encrypted currency. But because the suspects only account for 15%, the report may only be in the jungle.n
nnTranslation: Annie_Xun
nJune 22, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released the Internet Crime Report (Internet Crime Report) annual report, summed up the 2016 survey results. Using the Report of the Internet Crime Complaint Center, this annual report outlines the trends and cases of cybercrime. However, these reports may not be sufficient to understand the overall situation, because there are reasons to suspect that only 15% of the victims were reported.n
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nContent of report n
nThe report highlights last year’s “hot topics”, including huge business e-mail intrusion (BEC, Business Email Compromise) losses. The BEC accident eventually resulted in a loss of $ 360 million. At present this is known as the biggest attack last year, the victims countless. BEC is a clever scam, only for foreign and international companies.n
nAnother focus of the report is the growing popularity of extortion software attacks. Blackmail software by locking the infected device, holding the relevant documents, extortion. Criminals can use these devices to send messages to the victims, most of them containing extortion information. And usually they will make a bit currency payment amount and a bit currency wallet link. Last year, extortion software loss of more than 2.4 million US dollars, has identified the number of attacks 2673.n
nOther major attacks listed in the report are technical support for fraud. Technical support scammers stole $ 7.8 million, and each time almost the same process. The scammers talk to the victim through various means and then try to convince the victim that their equipment is out of order. These criminals try to control their computers and then provide “handling problems” in exchange for funds or vouchers.n
nWhile recording 17,146 extortion cases, the total loss of more than 15 million US dollars, all occurred on the network. The FBI report outlines the physical threats through the Internet. In general, criminals require funds or valuable items, otherwise the victim will be personally injured. There is also the threat of publishing sensitive information.n
nOther types of cyber attacks include denial of service attacks (DDoS), posing as government agencies, killer scams, loan scams, and even important data leaks. The basic requirements of the offender are paid in Bitcoin or other encrypted currency. Because easy to transfer funds, the security layer to increase the difficulty of tracking.n
nIn 2016, cybercrime reports increased by 3.7%. In addition to the United States, the most affected were Canada, India, the UK, France and Australia. To say that the most affected state of the United States is California, followed by the case reported to engage in 21000 Texas and Florida.n
nThe report also mentions the affected age. FBI pointed out that the victims of the year 60 years of age the most serious loss, more than 3.39 million US dollars; followed by 30 to 39 years old, the loss of about 19,000 US dollars; the last is the largest group, about 20 years of age, the loss of small, Only $ 6.7 million.n

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