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More than a third of Americans who own cryptocurrencies have been scammed, according to a Kaspersky Lab survey. Users do not pay due attention to the security measures of their crypto assets.
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Kaspersky Lab specialists conducted a surveyamong 2,000 Americans between October 20 and 24, 2022, by asking them questions about their experience with cryptocurrencies and the measures taken to protect cryptoassets. It turned out that a third of the respondents who had ever owned cryptocurrencies had their digital assets stolen through fraudulent websites or organizations. Among these victims, 19% of people had their personal data stolen and 27% had their payment details stolen. The average amount of stolen funds was $97,583.
Researchers found that 36% of survey participantsfrom 25 to 44 years old own digital assets, while for people over 55 years old this figure is only 10%. Nearly half of the respondents (47%) in the 18-24 age group said that cryptocurrencies had been stolen from them, and only 8% of people over 55 said the same.
With regard to funds protection measures, manyrespondents checked their cryptocurrency investments about six weeks ago. 32% of cryptocurrency holders have lost access to their account, 27% of users store their crypto assets on an exchange wallet without additional protection, and only 34% of respondents use multi-factor identification to protect their account. 25% of survey participants answered that they use an online wallet or browser plugin, 15% prefer desktop wallets, 15% keep funds in a cold wallet, and 11% keep money in a paper wallet.
“List of Threats for Cryptocurrency Usersextensive: scams, malware, phishing and so on. Users must be careful when investing their money so as not to end up on fake sites. Additional security measures should be applied: multi-factor authentication, as well as creating unique passwords, ”said Marc Rivero, senior security researcher at Kaspersky Lab.
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