Crypto Thefts Timeline Update: Now 112 Incidents + Bit More Accurate!

Thanks for the help!

Kyle Gibson
Mar 19 · 2 min read
Overlooking the Charles River, Boston

Since publishing this list of crypto thefts, hacks, glitches, and other such incidents, many people have reached out to let me know of either things wrong or unclear in the list, or of things they thought should be included. Thank you so much to those people, and please do reach out if you notice anything else! I’m on Twitter @KyleSGibson and reddit /u/ky1e :)

In this update, there are 12 new incidents — most having happened this year, such as the Bitcointopia indictment or the My Big Coin arrest, but also some old ones which I hadn’t found or had confused with ones already added, such as the third Bitcoinica hack (number 9 on the list).

I also wrote some “semi”-original descriptions of these incidents, when a direct quote doesn’t suffice… plus, added some notes to these descriptions, such as mentioning how similar number 47 is to 42…

Next, I am planning on creating some simple charts out of this data, i.e.: Bitcoin stolen over time, total stolen from companies, from individuals… and total stolen with particular methods, such as SIM card swapping or identity theft, or sending a spoof email to ICO participants (see 71 and 72). But you should feel free to do with this data whatever you want; it is all public, anyway. You may also reach out to me with questions, but I am not representing any non-public information, security expertise, or incriminatory evidence, I am not a lawyer, this is not financial advice, etc.


Crypto Thefts Timeline Draft 2 download files:

Spreadsheet on Google Drive (View-Only)

Document on Google Drive (View-Only)

PDF on Scribd (View-Only)

Let me know if you’d prefer a different method of viewing or receiving.


Finally, if you’re interested in this timeline, I think you should check out this report by a “United Nations Security Council expert panel” which is the “ first time the panel has detailed North Korea’s illicit cryptocurrency activities.” It discusses how the country has “ carried out successful attacks on Asian cryptocurrency exchanges at least five times between January 2017 and September 2018, with losses totaling $571 million.”

-@KyleSGibson