The fourth-largest altcoin, Litecoin, has undergone a new type of malicious action called a dusting attack, cryptocurrency exchange Binance reported on its Twitter account.
Approximately 5 hours ago there was a large-scale dusting attack on $LTC @Litecoin users.— Binance (@binance) August 10, 2019
One of many transactions: https://t.co/zgk9gPRNcU
Here's what you need to know and how to protect yourself:https://t.co/KNVoQLwBUb
A link to one of the transactions involved in the dusting attack is attached to the tweet. It was sending a Litecoin portion (0.00000546 LTC) to 50 addresses. Following is a link to an explanation of the new type of threat:
“A dusting attack refers to a relatively new kind of malicious activity where hackers and scammers try and break the privacy of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency users by sending tiny amounts of coins to their personal wallets.”
What’s the result?
The essence is that after the attacks, fraudsters gain access to monitoring the activity of addresses they’ve sent coins to, thus trying to determine to whom the wallet belongs. This threat can have a huge effect on the entire crypto industry.