Chainalysis: Activity of Scammers in the Cryptosphere has Decreased in 2020
The number of crimes in the field of cryptocurrencies has decreased in 2020. However, this area remains attractive for criminal activities due to crypto's anonymity
The crime rate dropped to 0.34%. In monetary terms, this amounted to $10.0 billion. Compared to 2019, this is an excellent indicator. The decline in cryptocurrency losses is very encouraging, especially against the backdrop of a threefold increase in overall economic activity.
Recall that in the year before last, criminal acts and fraud accounted for 2.1% of the volume of transactions, or $21.4 billion. Scammers have earned more than $2 billion on the PlusToken project alone.
The main structure of fraud in 2020
- 54 percent of transactions related to illegal activities
- $1.7 billion in payments on the Darknet
Despite this, the number of ransomware detections has skyrocketed. With their help, cryptocurrency users lost 7 percent ($350 million) of the crypto funds stolen in 2020.
Analysts Chainalysis believe that this figure may be higher, since many reports do not fall into such a study. Plus the Covid-19 pandemic is to blame, which affected the intensification of online payments.