Bitcoin bubble burst: the folks at cashing in on the euphoria associated with chain blocks

While holders of a refreshed look for new investment opportunities and how to multiply their savings, and enthusiasts are trying to learn more about the benefits of non-cash transactions, cyber criminals are trying to find ways to earn popularity phenomenon chain blocks (blockchain). As is apparent from the report Kaspersky Lab dedicated to the evolution of samu and phishing in the III quarter of 2017, recently detected numerous fraud with chain blocks that use the media hype surrounding the technology.

For several months we are seeing an increase in creativity their monitoring indicate — spammers latest trends and directions of the development of mining around the world. Technology-based chain refreshed blocks have become an attractive target for cyber criminals, who effectively and in a "non-aggressive" way they attack their prey by the so-called. Web-mining (data mining on the Internet). At the same time, in the last three months, the researchers from Kaspersky Lab have detected increased activity spamowej related to cryptocurrency. According to a report on the evolution of spam and phishing in the third quarter of 2017, criminals have used some effective tricks to lead the field users and steal their money.

In one of the scenarios such scams users receive an email invitation to install special software to make transactions on the market of the refreshed, however, when you click the link are redirected to a different page Internet to promote investment options. Cyber criminals are hoping that will induce users to invest more and more money and shedding of the currency on their account. However, the "victim", there is no guarantee that anything will come of it or recover your money.

This type of fraud is reminiscent of scam involved with a casino and has lead users to bid until it will be anything to them, while the hacker will win everything.

More primitive, but nevertheless effective tactics used to exploit victims rely on route emails asking about money transfer to a specific portfolio of cryptocurrency, the money will be returned together with the interest. Naturally, the latter has no place: If you pour money into the unknown, which takes the intruder.

Other fraud detected by Kaspersky Lab researchers in the third quarter consisted in offering to help in the field of knowledge about kryptowalutach and the benefits they can get. This manipulative technique was to use ignorance of the chain blocks and mechanisms of action can increase. Cybercriminals advertised via e-mails educational workshops, so that users can increase their knowledge and skills concerning the mining and investment opportunities. However, the money paid for obtaining such advice eventually enrich not knowledge, but someone else's wallet. Usually, in fact, this kind of workshops, promoted through spam, are quite expensive and more rely on advertising than actual knowledge.

So far in the second quarter of wykrywaliśmy spam and phishing attacks related to the WannaCry, in the past three months we've seen active use by criminals of popularity and interest kryptowalutami. This once again shows that the most effective way to attack victims is the use of current trends and emerging technologies that users still try to understand and we will be happy to explore. There is no doubt that these kinds of attacks will continue, therefore, it is extremely important that users keep special vigilance and to be up to date when it comes to global phenomenon- said Darya Gudkowa, an analyst at spam, Kaspersky Lab.

In addition to the increase in the number of fraud associated with the chain, there has been also the increase in the average amount of spam to 58.02% — about 1.05 percentage points more than in the second quarter. According to the report, peak activity spam accounted for September — participation of unwanted messages in motion was then 59.56%.

In addition, in the third quarter of the year, the researchers found an increase in the number of phishing attacks with a 13 million-phishing systems were activated 59 569 508 times on your users ' computers Kaspersky Lab products. at the same time, criminals more focused on the use of instant messaging on mobile devices in order to carry out popular scams online.

Other important trends and statistics for the third quarter, identified by researchers from Kaspersky Lab:

China has become the most popular source of spam, ahead of the United States and Viet Nam. The other Member States with the top 10 include India, Germany, Brazil, France, Poland and Iran. The State most affected by the damaging delivery on mass were Germany. The main objective of this kind of attack from the previous quarter — China — was in second place, while the subsequent positions included Russia, Japan, and Italy. The largest proportion of users who were the target of phishing, was in Brazil (19.95%), as in the previous quarter. In General, 9.49% of unique users of Kaspersky Lab products all over the world was the target of phishing attacks. The main objectives of phishing attacks have not changed since the beginning of the year. They fall within the financial sector and include banks, payment services and online stores.


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