The FBI survey found that in 2016 the hacker extorted $28 million encryption currency

The FBI survey found that in 2016 the hacker extorted $28 million encryption currency

In June 22nd, the U.S. Federal Bureau of investigation (FBI) issued the Internet crime report (InternetCrimeReport) annual report, summary of the 2016 survey results. The use of network crime reporting center (IC3, InternetCrimeComplaintCenter) report, the report describes the trend and cyber crime cases. But these reports may not be sufficient to understand the overall situation, because there is reason to suspect that only 15% of the victims were reported.

The contents of the report

The report highlights a number of “hot topics” last year, including a huge business e-mail invasion (BEC, BusinessEmailCompromise) loss. BEC accident resulting in a loss of $360 million. This is the largest known attacks last year at present, countless victims. BEC is a hoax, only for foreign and international companies.

The report is another focus of the increasingly popular ransomware attacks. Ransomware by locking the infected device, hold the relevant documents, blackmail. Criminals can send a message to the victim with these devices, most of which contain blackmail information. But they usually put bitcoin payment amount and bitcoin wallet link. Ransomware losses exceeded $2 million 400 thousand last year, the number of attacks identified 2673.

The other major attack and technical support of fraud report lists. Technical support of fraudsters stole 7 million 800 thousand dollars, and each time is almost the same process. Fraudsters through various channels and the victim calls, and then try to make the victim believe their equipment out of the question. These criminals try to control their computer, and then provide the “problem” service, in exchange for money or gift certificates.

At the same time recorded 17146 cases of blackmail, total losses of more than $15 million, all in the network. The FBI report lists the general physical threats from the internet. In general, the criminals for money or valuables for victims of personal injury or will. In addition to release sensitive information threat.

Other types of network attacks including denial of service (DDoS), posing as government agencies, killer fraud, mortgage fraud, and even leakage of important data. The basic requirements of pay with bitcoin or other encryption currency. Because of the ease of transfer of funds, the security layer to increase the difficulty of tracking.

In 2016 the network crime report increased 3.7%, in addition to the United States, the most affected are Canada, India, Britain, France and australia. To say the most affected States is California, followed by 21000 of the cases reported in Dezhou and Florida.

The report also mentioned the influence of age. FBI pointed out that the most serious losses to the victims over the age of 60 last year, more than $33 thousand and 900; the second is 30~39 years old, the amount of loss of about $19 thousand; the last is the largest group, about 20 years old and below, the amount of the loss is small, only about $6 million 700 thousand.

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