Since the beginning of 2017, cybercriminals have stolen about $1.2 billion in cryptocurrencies, and only 20% were returned.

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies attracted attention not only of public, but also cybercriminals, Dave Jevans, hief executive officer of the cybersecurity company CipherTracey, told Reuters in an interview. Owners managed to return not more than 20% of $1.2 billion, stolen since 2017.

According to Jevans, the new General Regulation on data protection in the EU, which entered into force on 25 May, will only help criminals and "negatively impact the overall security of the internet." In particular, the application of the regulation means that most of the WHOIS data will not be published in the public domain, while these data are the key to the search for criminals. WHOIS contains the names, addresses and email addresses of those who register domain names for websites.

“By restricting access to critical information, the new law will significantly hinder investigations into cybercrime, cryptocurrency theft, phishing, ransomware, malware, fraud and crypto-jacking,” he added.

The general data protection regulation in the EU (General Data Protection Regulation, GDPR) was approved as early as 2016.