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Complete List of Cryptocurrency Hacks (2011-2018)

Complete List of Cryptocurrency Hacks [2011-2018]

Can you hack cash aka paper currency? Of course you can’t, same is the case with Bitcoin protocol. You can’t hack electronic cash but you can rob a bank or an exchange. Similarly you can’t hack the bitcoin algorithm but you can hack the digital banks (wallets) and exchanges.

The answer is: Bitcoin is surely the most vulnerable currency ever made in history.

To rob a bank, you need to put your life in danger, team up with a group of robbers and take up guns and explosives but to rob a Bitcoin wallet, you just need a good laptop!

Bitcoin users are undoubtedly constantly subject to theft, scams, and frauds, which is made easier thanks to Bitcoin’s structure and lack of regulation.

Just to give you a bird-view of the popular bitcoin hacks and other cryptocurrency hacks from 2011-2018, I have created the table below to show you the so-called security aspect of cryptocurrencies with facts and figures. More details on Chapter[2.9] and Chapter[2.13]

Complete List of Cryptocurrency Hacks (2011-2018):

Date Crypto Service Attack Type Coins Stolen Value (USD)
2018
July
KICKICO (ICO) Security breach KICK $8,000,000
2018
July
Bancor
(Decentralized
Exchange)
Security breach Ether $12,000,000
2018
June
Bithumb
(Exchange)
Security breach alt coins $30,000,000
2018
June
Coinrail
(Exchange)
Security breach alt coins $40,000,000
2018
April
Foxbit
(Exchange)
Security breach 58 BTC $540,000
2018
April
CoinSecure
(Exchange)
Security breach 438 BTC $3,300,000
2018
Feb
BitGrail
(Exchange)
Security breach 17,000,000 NANO $195,000,000
2018
Jan
CoinCheck
(Exchange)
Security breach 523,000,000 NEM $534,000,000
2017 Dec NiceHash(Marketplace) Security breach 4,736 BTC $62,000,000
2017
Nov
Optioment
(Investment Firm)
Scam/Pyramid 12,000 BTC $116,000,000
2017 Nov Bitcoin Gold (Wallet) Scam/Inside Job x*x BTC $3,300,000
2017 Aug Enigma (ICO) Security breach 1,500 ETH $500,000
2017 Jul Parity multisig (Wallet) Security breach 153,037 ETH $32,000,000
2017 Jul CoinDash (ICO) Security breach x*x ETH $7,000,000
2017 Jul Veritaseum (Wallet) Security breach 36,000 VERI $8,000,000
2016 Aug Bitfinex (Exchange) User wallets/
Inside job
119,756 BTC $72,000,000
2016 Jul Steemit (Social Site) User accounts multi cryptos $85,000
2016
June
DAO (Smart Contract) Security Breach 3.6 million ETH $50,000,000
2016 May Gatecoin (Exchange) hot wallet/
Security breach
250 BTC + 185,000 ETH $2,000,000
2016 Mar ShapeShift (Exchange) inside job 557 BTC $230,000
2016 Mar Cointrader
(Exchange)
hot wallet/
Security breach
81 BTC $33,600
2015 Feb Bter (Exchange) cold wallet/
Inside job
7,170 BTC $1,750,000
2015 Feb Exco.in (Exchange) cold wallet/
Inside job
2,000 BTC $488,145
2015 Feb Kipcoin (Exchange) cold wallet/
Inside job
3,000 BTC $690,000
2015 Feb 796 (Exchange) cold wallet/
Inside job
1,000 BTC $230,000
2015 Jan Bitstamp (Exchange) hot wallet/
Security breach
18,866 BTC $5,263,614
2014 Dec Blockchain.info (Wallet) user wallets (bug, R values) 267 BTC $101,000
2014 Dec Mintpal (Exchange) inside job 3,894 BTC $3,208,412
2014 July Cryptsy (Exchange) inside job 13,000 BTC + 300,000 LTC $9,580,000
2014 Mar Flexcoin (Wallet) hot wallet/
Security breach
1,000 BTC $738,240
2014 Mar CryptoRush (Exchange) cold wallet/
Inside job
950 BTC $782,641
2014 Feb Mt.gox (Exchange) hot & cold wallets/
Inside job
850,000 BTC $450,000,000
2013 Dec Blockchain.info (Wallet) 2-factor authentication breach 800 BTC $800,000
2013 Nov Inputs.io (Wallet) cold wallet/
Inside job
4,100 BTC $4,370,000
2013 Nov BIPS (Wallet) cold wallet/
Inside job
1,200 BTC $1,200,000
2013 Nov PicoStocks (Exchange) cold wallet/
Inside job
6,000 BTC $6,009,397
2012 Sep Bitfloor (Exchange) hot wallet/
Security breach
24,000 BTC $250,000
2012 May Bitcoinica (Exchange) hot wallet/
Security breach
18,000 BTC $88,200
2012 Mar Linode (Webhosting) inside job 46,703 BTC $228,845
2011 Oct Bitcoin7 (Exchange) inside job 5,000 BTC $25,000