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2022Jul 2022 - Voyager Digital Bankruptcy - $5.9b (United States) Jul 2022 - Vauld Platform Withdrawals Paused - $197.7m+ (Global) Jun 2022 - Babel Finance Halts Withdrawals - $Unknown (Global) Jun 2022 - Celsius Platform Withdrawals Paused - $11.8b (United States) Mar 2022 - BlockFi Hubspot Data Breach - $0k (United States) Mar 2022 - NYDIG HubSpot Data Breach - $Unknown (United States) Mar 2022 - Circle HubSpot Data Breach - $Unknown (United States) Feb 2022 - OpenSea Fake Verification Phishing Emails - $Unknown (Global) Feb 2022 - OpenSea Phishing Attack - $3.4m (Global) Feb 2022 - TopGoal Hot Wallet Breach - $1.113m (Global) Feb 2022 - Coinbase Advanced Market Vulnerability - $0k (United States) Feb 2022 - IRA Financial Suspicious Withdrawals - $36m (United States) Feb 2022 - PayBito Customer Data Breach - $0k (United States/India) Jan 2022 - EmpiresX Ponzi Scheme - $100m (United States) Jan 2022 - OpenSea Old Contracts Exploited - $1.1m (Global) Jan 2022 - Crypto.com Withdrawals Triggered - $34.358m (Singapore) Jan 2022 - Coinbase Ethereum Stolen via Minecraft Mod - $22k (Unknown) Jan 2022 - OpenSea Forced Sale By Old Listing - $48k (Global) Jan 2022 - LCX Exchange Hot Wallet Hack - $7.94m (Liechtenstein) Jan 2022 - OpenSea Bored Ape Old Contract Hack - $245k (Global)
2021Dec 2021 - OpenSea Doodle Sold By Old Listing - $7k (Global) Dec 2021 - Cell Phone Repair Shop Theft hoangs2k - $73k (Canada) Dec 2021 - CoinRise Investor Losses - $Unknown (Canada) Dec 2021 - Ascendex Hot Wallet Hack - $77.7m (Singapore) Dec 2021 - BitMart Hot Wallet Security Breach - $196m (Cayman Islands) Nov 2021 - FomoEX Ponzi Scheme - $Unknown (Global) Nov 2021 - Robinhood Massive Data Breached - $0k (United States) Oct 2021 - OpenSea Hashmasks Fake Listing - $Unknown (Global) Oct 2021 - Coinbase Ethereum Address Typo Miserable_Earth5856 - $2k (Global) Aug 2021 - Banksy Fake NFT Sale on OpenSea - $336k (Global) Aug 2021 - Bilaxy Hot Wallet Breach - $21.709m (Seychelles) Aug 2021 - OpenSea sohrobf Fake Support Scam - $543k (Global) Aug 2021 - Coinbase Vidovic Account Sim Swap - $169k (United States) Aug 2021 - OpenSea Fake Support Accounts - $15k (Global) Aug 2021 - Liquid Warm Wallet Liquidated - $91.35m (Japan) Jul 2021 - Coinskale Dogecoin Staking Scam Website Tradegrow - $20k (Australia) Jul 2021 - Coinbase Unauthorized Bank Access - $50k (United States) Jul 2021 - Bitmart BSV 51% Attack - $Unknown (Cayman Islands) Jul 2021 - Overflow0X Physical Cryptocurrency Robbery - $Unknown (Morocco) Jun 2021 - StakeHound Got FireBlocked - $75m (Switzerland) Jun 2021 - Coinbase Lawsuit People Locked From Accounts - $Unknown (United States) May 2021 - BlockFi Sends Free Bitcoin - $10m (United States) May 2021 - CoinBase 6000 Users Robbed - $Unknown (United States) May 2021 - WaterMine Ponzi Scheme - $Unknown (Global) May 2021 - BitBuy Korea Exit Scam - $Unknown (South Korea) May 2021 - Coinbase Phishing Attacks - $Unknown (United States) Apr 2021 - HotBit Downtime and Privacy Breach - $0k (China) Apr 2021 - VeBitcoin Shuts Down - $Unknown (Turkey) Apr 2021 - Thodex CEO Flees Collapse - $2b (Turkey) Apr 2021 - AfriCrypt Platform "Hacked" - $2.3b (South Africa) Apr 2021 - Celsius Network Phishing Attack - $Unknown (United States) Apr 2021 - Coinbase Blumetti Account Sim Swap - $503k (United States) Feb 2021 - Pantera Capital HubSpot Data Breach and Pantera Coin Fraud - $Unknown (United States) Feb 2021 - Coinseed Destroyed By SEC - $3m (United States) Feb 2021 - Cryptopia Liquidation Hack - $45k (New Zealand) Jan 2021 - BuyUCoin Data Breach - $0k (India) Jan 2021 - Binance Firo (ZCoin) 51% Attack - $4.381m (Global) Jan 2021 - Indodax Firo (ZCoin) 51% Attack - $400k (Global)
2020Dec 2020 - Altilly Assets Hacked - $6.7m (Sweden) Dec 2020 - Livecoin Shut Down By Hack - $3.3m (Russia) Dec 2020 - Exmo Assets Lost - $10.5m (United Kingdom) Dec 2020 - BTC Markets Privacy Breach - $0k (Australia) Nov 2020 - Celsius Network Account Hacked - $82k (United States) Nov 2020 - Bancar Hack Theft - $1.9m (Venezuela) Nov 2020 - Celsius GoDaddy DNS Hijacking - $0k (United States) Nov 2020 - Bitcoin Interchange Exit Scam - $766k (Zimbabwe) Nov 2020 - Liquid Data Leak - $0k (Japan) Oct 2020 - Cred CCO Was UK Fugitive - $330.489m (United States) Oct 2020 - OceanEx Account Breached wassim0 - $30k (Canada) Oct 2020 - KuCoin Fake Wallet Site - $Unknown (Singapore) Sep 2020 - KuCoin Hot Wallet Breach - $281m (Singapore) Sep 2020 - Robinhood Account Hacking Spree - $Unknown (United States) Sep 2020 - KuCoin Fake Exchange Website - $Unknown (Singapore) Sep 2020 - Sim Swapping AT&T - $560k (United States) Sep 2020 - Arbistar Trading Bot Overpayment - $1000m (Spain) Sep 2020 - Eterbase Hot Wallets Breached - $5.4m (Slovakia) Aug 2020 - Coinbase Sim Swapping Lawsuit - $Unknown (United States) Aug 2020 - Coinbit Seizure/Investigation - $85m (South Korea) Aug 2020 - BTC ERA Phishing Attack - $0k (Global) Aug 2020 - CoinBerry ETransfer Glitch Fraud - $1.413m (Canada) Aug 2020 - Mirror Trading International - $885m (South Africa) Aug 2020 - KuCoin Fraudulent Website - $Unknown (Singapore) Aug 2020 - Bitfinex/Ethereum Classic Second 51% Attack - $3.2m (Unknown) Jul 2020 - OkEx Ethereum Classic 51% Attack - $5.6m (Malta) Jul 2020 - 2gether Hacked - $1.39m (Spain) Jul 2020 - Cashaa Wallet Hacked - $3.1m (United Kingdom) Jun 2020 - GPay/Cryptopoint/XtraderFX Shut Down - $1.68m (United Kingdom) Jun 2020 - Ledger Shopify Data Breach 2 - $Unknown (Global) Jun 2020 - HTS Coin Shuts Down - $Unknown (South Korea) Jun 2020 - MiningPoolHub Ethereum Theft - $1.282m (United States) Jun 2020 - Good Cycle Ponzi Blackmailed - $5.279m (South Korea) May 2020 - LMEX Stock Exchange - $150k (China) May 2020 - Coinbase/AT&T Account Sim Swap signalme - $4k (United States) May 2020 - Ledger Shopify Data Breach 1 - $Unknown (Global) Apr 2020 - EOS Ecosystem Ponzi Scheme Collapses - $52m (China) Feb 2020 - Coinbase Sim Swapping SaltedAvocadosMhh - $15k (United States) Feb 2020 - VBITEX Hacked - $Unknown (Unknown) Feb 2020 - Altsbit Hot Wallets Hacked - $317k (Italy) Feb 2020 - FCoin Collapses - $125m (China) Jan 2020 - Binance/Bitcoin Gold Double Spend Hack - $72k (Malta)
2019Dec 2019 - RG Coins Shuts Down - $7m (Bulgaria) Dec 2019 - Cloud Token Wallet Service - $500m (Singapore) Nov 2019 - GateHub Privacy Breach - $0k (United Kingdom) Nov 2019 - BitMEX Email Gaffe - $0k (Seychelles) Nov 2019 - VinDAX Exchange Hacked - $500k (Vietnam) Nov 2019 - BeenTrade Fake Crypto Exchange - $Unknown (Global) Nov 2019 - IDAX Global CEO Disappears - $Unknown (China) Nov 2019 - Einstein Exchange - $12m (Canada) Nov 2019 - Upbit Hot Wallet Hack - $49.2m (South Korea) Oct 2019 - OvexTrade Withdrawal Fraud Platform - $Unknown (Global) Oct 2019 - WoToken Wallet Service - $1.1b (China) Sep 2019 - Coinhouse Phishing Attack - $Unknown (France) Sep 2019 - Cryptopia Ex-Employee Theft - $235k (New Zealand) Aug 2019 - CoinTiger PTT "Cold Wallet" Breach - $1.708m (Singapore) Aug 2019 - EZ-BTC/Dave Smillie - $3.9m+ (Canada) Jul 2019 - InnovaMine Cloud Mining Operation - $7m+ (Global) Jul 2019 - BitPoint Hot Wallet Hack - $32.2m (Japan) Jul 2019 - Soxex Collapse - $1000k (Unknown) Jul 2019 - Bitmarket Gone Without Warning - $23m (Poland) Jun 2019 - QuickBit Privacy Breach - $0k (Sweden) Jun 2019 - Koinex Shuts Down Regulatory Uncertainty - $Unknown (India) Jun 2019 - Unknown Platform Cyber-Squatting - $27.2m (Global) Jun 2019 - Bitrue Hot Wallet Breach - $4.5m (Singapore) Jun 2019 - Kraken Flash Crash (Suspected Theft) - $10m (United States) Jun 2019 - Bitsane Exit Scam - $155k+ (Ireland) Jun 2019 - PlusToken Wallet and Exchange - $6b (South Korea) Jun 2019 - Gatehub Customer XRP Wallets Breached - $10.1m (United Kingdom) May 2019 - Remitano False XRP Deposit - $Unknown (Seychelles) May 2019 - CoinBase Sim Swapping - $100k (United States) May 2019 - Binance Hot Wallet Theft - $41.238m (Malta) May 2019 - Bitcoins Norway AlphaPoint Attack - $500k+ (Norway) May 2019 - BitoPro XRP Partial Payment Theft - $2.122m (Taiwan) May 2019 - CoinRoom Goes Boom - $Unknown (Poland) Apr 2019 - BitFinex and Crypto Capital - $880m (Hong Kong) Apr 2019 - Bittrex AT&T Gregg Bennett SIM Swap - $507k (United States) Apr 2019 - Coinbene Hack Cover-Up - $100m+ (International) Mar 2019 - BiKi Password Tampering - $123k (Singapore) Mar 2019 - DragonEx Hacking Theft - $7m (Singapore) Mar 2019 - Etbox Wallet Hacked - $132k (Seychelles) Mar 2019 - Bitcoin Evolution Celebrity Impersonation Ponzi - $670m (Global) Mar 2019 - Mercatox EOS Breach - $Unknown (United Kingdom) Mar 2019 - Bithumb EOS/XRP Hack - $19.2m (South Korea) Mar 2019 - Gatecoin Enters Liquidation - $Unknown (Hong Kong) Feb 2019 - CoinBin Declares Bankruptcy - $26m (South Korea) Feb 2019 - Coinmama User Data Breached - $0k (Ireland) Feb 2019 - QuadrigaCX Bankruptcy - $215m+ (Canada) Jan 2019 - Liqui Shuts Down - $0k (Ukraine) Jan 2019 - CoinZest Accidental Airdrop - $5.3m (South Korea) Jan 2019 - CryptoCashBack Rewards Program Trojan - $85k (Global) Jan 2019 - Komid Fraudulent Platform Withdrawals - $Unknown (South Korea) Jan 2019 - Cryptopia Exchange ERC20 Hack - $20.447m (New Zealand) Jan 2019 - Coinbase Halts Ethereum Classic Trading - $0k (United States) Jan 2019 - Gate.io Ethereum Classic 51% Attack - $271k (Cayman Islands) Jan 2019 - Bitrue Ethereum Classic 51% Attack - $14k (Taiwan/Singapore)
2017Dec 2017 - BitKRX Exit Scam - $Unknown (South Korea) Dec 2017 - Youbit Exchange Hack - $2.65m (South Korea) Dec 2017 - NiceHash Exchange Hack - $64m (Slovenia) Nov 2017 - Tether USDT Token Theft - $30.95m (Global) Nov 2017 - Optioment Bitcoin Ponzi Scheme - $136.313m (Global) Sep 2017 - Bitfinex Phishing Website - $Unknown (Global) Aug 2017 - Bittrex Spoofed Website Hack GodOfWhatevers - $100k (Liechtenstein) Jul 2017 - BTC-e Assets Seized By US Authorities - $990m+ (Russia) Jul 2017 - Centra Tech Fake Debit Card - $25m (United States) Jul 2017 - Coindash ICO Theft - $7.4m (Global) Jul 2017 - Unknown Ripple Exchange Phishing Scam - $800k (Global) Jun 2017 - Bithumb Privacy/Phishing Hack - $31m (China) Jun 2017 - QuadrigaCX Contract Error - $14.7m (Canada) Apr 2017 - Yapizon Exchange Hack - $5.3m (South Korea)
2016Oct 2016 - Bitcurex Exchange Hack - $1.5m (Poland) Aug 2016 - Bitfinex Security Breach - $72m (Hong Kong) May 2016 - Gatecoin Hack - $2.5m (Hong Kong) Mar 2016 - CoinTrader/NewNote Shuts Down - $1.5m? (Canada) Jan 2016 - Cryptsy Withdrawals Closed/Bankruptcy - $4.291m (United States)
2015Dec 2015 - Ripple Trade Shut Down - $0k (Global) Sep 2015 - My Big Coin Fraudulent Service - $6m (United States) May 2015 - Bitfinex Hot Wallet Hack - $356k (Hong Kong) Mar 2015 - Ripple Trade Japan Fraud - $1000k (Japan) Mar 2015 - Coinapult Hot Wallet Hack - $43k (Panama) Mar 2015 - Allcrypt - $12k (Unknown) Feb 2015 - BTER Bitcoin Heist - $1.75m (China) Feb 2015 - Kipcoin Exchange Hack - $690k (China) Feb 2015 - MyCoin Exchange Bankruptcy - $387m (Hong Kong) Jan 2015 - 796 Exchange Hack - $230k (China) Jan 2015 - Bitstamp Hot Wallet Hack - $5.1m (Luxembourg)
2014Oct 2014 - BTC-e Data Leak - $0k (Russia) Oct 2014 - Ripple Trade Ripple and Stellar Hacking - $0k (Global) Oct 2014 - JustCoin Exchange Ripple and Stellar Hacking - $150k (Norway) Oct 2014 - Mintpal Exchange Exit Scam - $1.3m (United Kingdom) Aug 2014 - BTER NXT Token Theft - $1.65m (China) Aug 2014 - BitNZ MailJet Hack - $23k (New Zealand) Jul 2014 - Cryptsy Exchange Hack - $8.516m (United States) Jul 2014 - MintPal Vericoin Hack/Rollback - $2m (United Kingdom) Jul 2014 - Bitcoins Reserve Social Engineering - $63k (Australia) Mar 2014 - Bitcurex Targeted by Hacking - $844k (Poland) Mar 2014 - CryptoRush Hack - $800k (United States) Mar 2014 - Flexcoin Hot Wallet Hack - $600k (Canada) Mar 2014 - Poloniex Withdrawal Hack - $662k (United States) Feb 2014 - MT Gox Halts Trade Over Major Hack - $300m (Japan)
2013Dec 2013 - Intersango Exit Scam - $14k+ (United Kingdom) Nov 2013 - Sheep Marketplace Bitcoin Theft - $5.823m (Czech Republic) Nov 2013 - Inputs.io Additional Lish Attack - $57k (Australia) Nov 2013 - BIPS Wallet Service - $650k (Denmark) Nov 2013 - Czech Bitcash.cz Hacked - $200k (Czech Republic) Nov 2013 - Bidextreme.pl Exchange Hacked - $Unknown (Poland) Nov 2013 - Picostocks “Cold Wallet” Hack - $6m (Marshall Islands) Oct 2013 - Input.io “Wallet” Hack - $1.267m (Australia) Oct 2013 - Inputs.io API Compromised - $Unknown (Australia) Oct 2013 - GBL Exchange Exit Scam - $4.1m (China) Oct 2013 - Canadian Bitcoins Social Engineering Theft - $100k (Canada) Sep 2013 - CoinLenders Platform Closes With Funds - $869k (Australia) Aug 2013 - Inputs.io Phishing Attack - $Unknown (Australia) Jul 2013 - WeExchange Ripple Gateway Hacked - $590k (Australia) Jul 2013 - Mt. Gox User champbronc2 Hacked - $2k (Global) Jul 2013 - Bitfunder and WeExchange Hack - $788k (United States) Mar 2013 - Mercado Bitcoin - $101k (Germany) Feb 2013 - Bit LC Theft - $51k (Panama) Jan 2013 - Vircurex Exchange Hack - $50m (Germany)
2012Dec 2012 - BitMarket.eu Custodian Failure - $400k (Poland) Sep 2012 - Bitfloor Exchange Hack - $240k (United States) Aug 2012 - Kronos Hack - $43k (Italy) Jul 2012 - BTC-e Hack - $42k (Russia) Jul 2012 - Bitcoinica Another Hot Wallet Hack - $305k (New Zealand) Jun 2012 - CryptoXChange Withdrawal Refused - $115k (Australia) May 2012 - World Bitcoin Exchange - $25k (Australia) May 2012 - Bitcoinica Hot Wallet Hack - $91k (New Zealand) Mar 2012 - Bitcoinica Linode Web Host Hack - $228k (New Zealand)
2011Oct 2011 - Mt. Gox Coins Destroyed - $8k (Japan) Oct 2011 - Bitcoin7 Exchange Hack/Fraud - $50k (Unknown) Jul 2011 - MyBitcoin Exchange Hack/Fraud - $1.082m (Unknown) Jul 2011 - Bitomat Exchange Wallet.dat File Deleted - $220k (Poland) Jun 2011 - MyBitcoin Username/Password Breach - $72k (Unknown) Jun 2011 - Mt. Gox Auditor Theft - $47k (Japan)
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