Cryptocurrency exchanges are getting better at protecting their assets. Security has improved greatly this year, making it more difficult for thieves to break in and steal crypto. Those efforts have resulted in the mindless cyber thugs out of North Korea to give up on attacking the exchanges, going after individuals, instead. As reported by the South China Morning Post, the number of crypto attacks on individuals has risen substantially in the past several months. The news outlet talked to the CEO of South Korea-based Cuvepia, a cybersecurity firm, who indicated that the company had recently uncovered more than 30 attacks. He added that it\u2019s possible that a number of attacks have not been caught, which could put the actual number of heists or attempted heists at more than 100. The founder of cyber warfare research company IssueMakersLab, Simon Choi, adds that the transition to individual attacks is a direct response to heightened security on the exchanges. He adds, \u201cDirect attacks on exchanges have become harder, so hackers are thinking about alternatively going after individual users with weak security.\u201d Choi explains that the majority of the attacks have been conducted against wealthy South Korean citizens because \u201c believe that if they target CEOs of wealthy firms and heads of organisations\u201d then \u201cthey can take advantage of billions of won in virtual currencies.\u201d Another cybersecurity analyst, FireEye\u2019s Luke McNamara, also pointed out that \u201cit\u2019s possible from previous intrusions they\u2019ve been able to collect information\u201d about \u201cpeople using these exchanges. He states that \u201cwhen understand and know the targets\u201d then \u201cthey are able to craft lures specific to those organisations or entities.\u201d There have been indications that the hacks aren\u2019t just being led by crooks simply looking for an easy payday. Reports started circulating a couple of weeks ago that the North Korean regime could be behind the attacks. As sanctions create a weaker government, North Korea government officials could be turning to thievery, crypto money laundering and initial coin offerings\u00a0(ICOs) in order to attract funds to continue keeping the citizens under control and to line their own pockets.