DURBAN – Cryptocurrency, often associated with ‘geeks’ or those looking to raise cash quickly, has turned into a popular payment method.
According to a recent report from Kaspersky Lab, one-in-ten people (13 percent) have now used it to make a purchase. However, cybercriminals are also embracing this trend by targeting cryptocurrency exchanges and modifying old threats to attack investors.
This is leaving people at risk of losing their savings stored in this unprotected technology, as hackers develop sophisticated techniques to access funds.
There are a growing number of businesses now offering cryptocurrency as a payment method, with retailers and food outlets now accepting it.
Prices are falling and major sports teams are even partnering with crypto-exchanges. Yet, as people show interest in using cryptocurrency to both invest and spend their money, their funds are vulnerable to being stolen from cryptocurrency wallets, insecure exchanges and Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs).