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1.3m+ Crypto Phishing Attacks Foiled in Russia So Far This Year – Kaspersky

A recent report by cybersecurity provider Kaspersky Lab revealed that more than 1.3 million crypto-related phishing attacks were blocked in Russia during the first half of this year. These attacks are seen as a response to the growing popularity of cryptocurrencies in the country.

Since the escalation of the conflict with Ukraine and the imposition of sanctions, there has been a notable increase in Russian crypto-powered remittances to overseas locations. Some of these transactions involve the use of “illegal exchanges” and questionable “brokerages.” Additionally, Russian businesses have turned to cryptocurrencies for payments after facing restrictions in the US dollar-powered international trade market. These factors have created opportunities for cybercriminals to exploit and carry out phishing attacks.

Last year, a report indicated a 40% year-on-year rise in Russian crypto-related criminal cases. Roman Dedenok, a cybersecurity expert at Kaspersky Lab, emphasized the importance of remaining vigilant and implementing robust security measures to protect digital assets. He warned that attackers are targeting both hot and cold wallets with offers of fake crypto giveaways, impersonating well-known exchanges to deceive users into clicking on fraudulent links.

In a specific targeted phishing campaign, cybercriminals attempted to dupe hardware wallet users by sending fake emails from Ripple. These emails enticed users to participate in distributing XRP tokens. If recipients clicked on the provided link, they would be directed to a fraudulent website designed to collect login and password data.

Dedenok emphasized the need for users to carefully verify email and message links before clicking on them or providing any confidential information. Vigilance is key in safeguarding against such phishing attacks, which can compromise individuals’ crypto holdings and personal information.

As the popularity of cryptocurrencies continues to rise, it is crucial for users to be aware of potential threats and take appropriate security measures to protect their digital assets. Cybersecurity remains a top priority in the crypto space, and users must remain cautious to avoid falling victim to phishing attempts and other fraudulent activities.

 

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