Ethereum takes the spotlight in a recent report, emerging as the most affected blockchain by crypto scams in the past year, with staggering losses totaling £576.6 million. This article dissects the findings of the report, delving into Ethereum’s position, the ranking of affected blockchains, and essential advice on safeguarding against the rising tide of crypto scams.
The REKT database analysis, conducted by Smart Betting Guide, places Ethereum at the forefront of blockchain platforms most affected by crypto scams. The study considers common scams, cumulative losses, and vulnerabilities within blockchains. Ethereum’s unfortunate distinction comes as it witnessed £576.6 million being siphoned away, even after accounting for the £152.2 million recovered.
This substantial loss represents a concerning 605% over the average blockchain losses, emphasizing the severity of Ethereum’s vulnerability to scams. Access control exploits, a type of scam where vulnerabilities are exploited to gain direct access to user credentials or data, have been identified as the most detrimental to Ethereum.
The report goes beyond Ethereum, presenting a comprehensive ranking of the top 10 blockchains with the highest losses in 2023. Following Ethereum’s lead, the Bitcoin blockchain takes second place with over £209 million in losses, trailed by Polygon with over £98 million stolen.
The rankings continue with Centralized, Cardano, and Binance, each facing losses due to different identified scams such as “access control exploit” and “rug pull exit scam.” In the bottom four positions, Arbitrum, Avax, Optimism, and Heco collectively suffered losses, contributing to the alarming trend of crypto scams.
The report highlights the five most significant crypto scams in 2023, categorized by the funds lost. Topping the list is the “access control” scam, resulting in a staggering loss of over £665 million, once again with Ethereum being the most affected blockchain.
Following closely is the “rug pull” scam, accounting for a total loss of £110 million in 2023, with Binance bearing the brunt. The “oracle issue” scam secured the third position, with over £104 million stolen, predominantly affecting the Polygon blockchain.
The “flash loan attack” and “phishing” secured the fourth and fifth positions, stealing £77.5 million and £58.8 million, respectively. The most affected blockchains for these scams were Arbitrum and Ethereum.
As cryptocurrencies surge in popularity, so do the associated risks of crypto scams. Zigmas Pekarskas, CEO of Smart Betting Guide, emphasizes the need for vigilance and offers crucial advice:
As Ethereum takes the unfortunate lead in crypto scam losses, the broader crypto community is urged to remain vigilant. Education, user awareness, and cautious engagement in the crypto space are crucial to navigating the landscape safely. The report underscores the importance of collective efforts in combating crypto scams and protecting participants from malicious actors seeking to exploit vulnerabilities in the digital frontier.
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