Europol has published another report on the Internet Organized Crime Threat Assessment (IOCTA), which notes that attackers most often use ransomware viruses.
“The fight against cybercrime is not only opposing current forms of attacks, but also predicting future threats. New threats arise both in connection with the emergence of new technologies, and in connection with the use of known vulnerabilities in existing technologies, ”the report says.
Ransomware viruses that require ransom in cryptocurrencies in order to decrypt user files remain the most popular type of cyberattacks. Also, attackers often try to gain access to financial information, such as credit card information, and information for accessing online banks and cryptocurrency wallets.
“Cryptocurrency exchanges continue to attract criminals. In 2018, cryptocurrencies totaling more than $ 1 billion were stolen from trading platforms, ”the researchers write, stressing that more and more criminals will pay attention to the cryptocurrency industry.
Europol plans to continue to build relationships with cryptocurrency companies in order to fight crime. In June this year, the agency announced that it was developing a game whose goal was to teach law enforcement officers to deal with crime in the cryptocurrency industry.