Scammers took home a record $14 billion in cryptocurrency in 2021, thanks in large part to the rise of decentralized finance (DeFi) platforms, according to new data from blockchain analytics firm Chainalysis.
Losses from crypto-related crime rose 79% from a year earlier, driven by a spike in theft and scams.
Scamming was the greatest form of cryptocurrency-based crime in 2021, followed by theft — most of which occurred through hacking of cryptocurrency businesses. The firm says that DeFi is a big part of the story for both, in yet another warning for those dabbling in this emerging segment of the crypto industry.
“DeFi is one of the most exciting areas of the wider cryptocurrency ecosystem, presenting huge opportunities to entrepreneurs and cryptocurrency users alike,” Chainalysis wrote in its annual Crypto Crime report.
Crypto. The buzzword you hear everywhere from the news to friends hyping it up. Has the craze gone mainstream and reached businesses?
Big names like Microsoft, AMC, Starbucks, and AT&T are in, but what do small businesses think? The Strawhecker Group (TSG) used new survey data from nearly 600 small businesses in the U.S. to illustrate their knowledge, attitudes, and acceptance of cryptocurrency.
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Payments professionals across the ecosystem will find this infographic to be a great resource as the market continues to evolve. Are you working with merchants on a crypto strategy?