In a recent update, London authorities, under the guidance of the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB), have successfully blocked 43 phishing web domains associated with fraudulent activities.
The City of London Police Commissioner, Pete O’Doherty, disclosed that the NFIB uncovered a deceptive email address posing as blockchain.com, prompting further investigation.
The discovered phishing attempt included spoofed addresses such as “actionfraud.info” and “department-fraud.com.” Upon identification, law enforcement promptly blocked these deceptive domains. O’Doherty emphasized the importance of reporting phishing web domains cybercrimes through official channels and hotlines, with the NFIB having removed nearly 300,000 malicious websites by December 2023.
Cybersecurity threats within the crypto community persist, as phishing incidents remain a significant concern. Earlier this year, Trezor, a prominent hardware wallet manufacturer, reported a security breach impacting 66,000 users. Following the breach, at least 41 users reported receiving phishing emails seeking sensitive information for accessing their crypto wallets.
A widespread phishing campaign targeted crypto investors, with fraudsters impersonating major Web3 companies. On January 23, the crypto community detected phishing web domains promoting fake token airdrops, masquerading as reputable entities like Cointelegraph, WalletConnect, and Token Terminal. Investigation later revealed that the campaign resulted from a breach at email marketing firm MailerLite, where hackers gained access through a social engineering attack on a team member who unknowingly clicked on a fraudulent Google sign-in page.
According to MailerLite, the attackers leveraged the compromised accounts to access its admin panel. Nansen, a blockchain analytics firm, disclosed that the attackers’ primary wallet had received at least $3.3 million in total inflows since the phishing attack.
As phishing threats persist and evolve, the crypto community remains vigilant, emphasizing the importance of robust security measures and prompt reporting of suspicious activities to mitigate potential risks. Authorities, including the NFIB, play a crucial role in countering these cyber threats and maintaining the integrity of the crypto space.