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Hackers stole $2 billion worth of cryptocurrencies in 2023

The approximate amount of cryptocurrencies stolen by hackers in 2023 was $1.84 billion.

Accordingly statistics Led by De.FI, a Web3 security company that manages the REKT database, the hackers obtained this amount of funds through around 461 cyberattacks and thefts on various cryptocurrency platforms.

He adds that of what was stolen, only about $201.8 million was recovered, which is barely 10% of the amount stolen. Explains that Ethereum was the most attacked blockchain network this year 8 of the top 10 cryptocurrency thefts from 2023.

The website, which ranks the worst cryptocurrency hacks in history, cites last September's hack against Mixin Network as one of the most significant incidents of the year, which netted the hackers around $200 million. As reported by CriptoNoticias, the cloud service provider Losses were mainly suffered by Bitcoin (BTC).

The worst thefts of 2023 also include the attack on Euler Finance, in which cybercriminals stole almost $200 million after exploiting a flaw in the code. The list includes hacks against Multichain ($126 million), BonqDAO ($120 million), Poloniex ($114 million), and Atomic Wallet ($100 million).

A year full of challenges for cybersecurity

In the above list of attacks alone, the amount stolen was over $920 million. If the other incidents are taken into account, the damage over the course of 2023 will add up to almost 2,000 million US dollars. “This staggering number, even if spread across multiple hacks, highlights the ongoing vulnerabilities and challenges within the blockchain ecosystem.” decentralized finance (DeFi),” the analytics firm emphasized in its report.

Analysts therefore believe that with these results, “2023 was proof that the ecosystem is still suffering from failures.” They insist that the statistics reflect the DeFi segment still has a lot to do on the subject of cybersecurityas the vulnerabilities that have made these protocols prime targets for theft remain.

They draw attention to the interest that cybercriminals maintain in cryptocurrencies even when the market was poor due to the downward trend that characterized the sector during this period the first half of the yearthe researchers noted.

However, it highlights the fact that the number was stolen in 2023 is much smaller on the amounts that hackers have appropriated in previous years.

The robberies are estimated to have occurred in 2022 caused the loss between $2.2 and $3.8 billion in cryptocurrenciesMost of them were related to the active involvement of the North Korean hacker group Lazarus.

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