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日本:成立专门机构应对加密货币盗窃行为

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日本:成立专门机构应对加密货币盗窃行为

据日本共同社报道,以更有效的方式来解决互联网安全问题,日本当局成立了一个专门部门打击网络犯罪。这个新部门总部位于东京,来自日本警方和其他安全部门的500多名分析和调查人士将供职于这个新部门。

据了解,仅去年一年,黑客就窃取了170亿日元(约合166万美元)的资产,其中包括价值6.62亿日元(约合630万美元)的加密货币。而这一数额并不包括今年Coincheck交易所的损失。今年1月,黑客从Coincheck交易所获得了价值58亿日元(约合5500万美元)的NEM加密货币,目前警方仍在调查这起盗窃案。有相关人士猜测,这次黑客攻击事件很可能是通过电子邮件发送给Coincheck员工导致的。

网络安全专家对此表示了担忧,因为在抢劫中消失的NEM中,已经有一半在暗网中洗干净了。据说,攻击者已将其转换为其他加密货币,甚至是法定货币。几周前,NEM基金会宣布将不再追踪被盗的加密货币。这家总部位于新加坡的机构还表示,它已经向调查黑客攻击的执法机构提供了“可供执行的相关信息”。

网络犯罪在日本已经成为了一个非常严重的问题。2017年,日本国内出现了300多万次尝试窃取计算机存储数据的行为,其中包括对信用卡和加密货币钱包的攻击。黑客们在2017年盗取的金额是2016年的两倍。

今年3月,日本国家警察厅表示,去年一共发生了149起与加密货币有关的攻击事件。在大多数情况下,存储有公钥和私钥的无保护加密钱包都会遭到黑客攻击。其中,瑞波币(45350万日元)、比特币(19440万日元)、以太坊(530万日元)和NEM(920万日元)都已经被非法转移到其他账户。

去年6月,加密货币受到攻击的数量达到顶峰,达到了41起。在接下来的5个月里,每月保持在20起以下,然后在12月再次上升,有25起案件被记录下来。而在这些案件的调查中没有发现任何嫌疑人。

据《日本时报》报道,共有16家日本交易所成为攻击目标。尽管各交易所建议采取多重身份验证等措施,但有关部门已将超过80%的违规行为归咎于交易所疏于安全监管。

尽管许多黑客可能已经将注意力转移到加密货币用户身上,但日元和其他法定货币的非法在线转移的数量仍然很高。日本去年报道了425起这类案件。

Japan has decided to set up a new agency to better address cybercrime. The Tokyo-based center gathers 500 analysts and investigators who will also combat cryptocurrency theft. Over 3 million attempts to steal digital information have been registered last year. Hackers have stolen funds worth over 17 billion Japanese yen.

$6.3 Million Worth of Cryptocurrency Stolen Before Coincheck

The new law enforcement unit is expected to streamline efforts to combat cybercrime. The center will operate from Tokyo. Over 500 analysts and investigators from different branches of Japanese police and other security services will work at the new agency, Kyodo reported. Authorities hope to address the internet security issues in a more efficient way.

Last year alone, hackers stole ¥17 billion JPY ($166 million USD). That includes ¥662 million ($6.3 million) worth of cryptocurrency. The amount does not cover the funds lost by Coincheck this year. In January hackers took ¥58 billion worth of NEM (~$550 million USD) from the Japanese crypto exchange. Police are still investigating the theft. The hack was probably carried out with a virus emailed to the Coincheck’s employees.

Cybersecurity experts have voiced concerns that half of the NEM coins, which disappeared in the heist, have been laundered already on the darknet. It’s believed that the attackers have converted them to other cryptocurrencies or even fiat money. A couple of weeks ago the NEM Foundation announced it would no longer track the stolen cryptos. The Singapore-based organization also said it had provided “actionable information” to law enforcement agencies investigating the hacker attack.

Crime in the cyberspace has become a real issue in Japan. More than 3 million attempts to steal computer stored data have been registered in 2017. These include cases of attacks on both credit cards and cryptocurrency wallets. Hackers have misappropriated twice as much as in 2016.

Attention Turning to Crypto Users

In March, Japan’s National Police Agency said it was aware of 149 crypto-related attacks that took place last year. In most cases hackers accessed unprotected crypto wallets storing both public and private keys. Funds in ripple (¥453.5 million), bitcoin (¥194.4 million), etherium (¥5.3 million), and NEM (¥9.2 million) have been illegally transferred to other accounts.

The number of attacks peaked in June, with 41 cases. It stayed below 20 per month for the following five months before going up again in December, when 25 cases were recorded. No suspects have been identified in any of these investigations.

A total of 16 Japanese exchanges have been targeted, according to the Japan Times. Authorities have blamed lax security in more than 80% of the breaches, despite recommendations by exchanges for implementing measures like multifactor authentication.

Although many hackers may have shifted their attention to cryptocurrency users, the number of illicit online transfers of yen and other fiat currencies remains high. 425 such cases have been reported last year in Japan.


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