The Dark Web is right now with Vaccine Lists
Tired of waiting to get yours vaccination appointment? If you pay only $ 500, you can get a dose of COVID-19 vaccine tomorrow (overnight delivery not included). Are you too rich for your blood? How about a vaccine ticket for $ 150?
Security researchers have seen a tremendous rise in the lists it will be dark markets in recent weeks. Sites start with vaccine doses and advertise fake vaccine certificates and negative test results. Today, they offer more than 1,200 listings various vaccinessuch as Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, Sputnik and Sinopharm.
Investigations by security firm Check Point have been monitoring Covid-19-related activities since January. report such activity has tripled in the last three months. It is not clear whether the doses are permissible and even if there is no guarantee that the vials are stored at the right temperature, they may be useless.
Last week, Israeli-based Check Point researchers tried to buy the Sinopharm vaccine from a vendor, company spokesman Ekram Ahmed said. “We tried to negotiate and buy the Chinese vaccine through one of the vendors,” he told Ars. The group sent messages to the seller, ordering it to continue negotiations Telegram. Once there, the seller made sure that the vaccine doses were legal. Investigators sent $ 500 Bitcoin while they received the wallet, and the FedEx shipping label, they still haven’t received the shipment.
Dark web vendors are probably doing better business by selling fake vaccine cards and negative test results. “Lately, we’ve been seeing more vaccine certificates being offered than vaccines,” Ahmed said. “It’s probably a two-ratio.”
With COVID-19 testing becoming more widespread, the price of negative results is $ 25. Vaccine tickets are more difficult and sell for more, about $ 200. These certificates are becoming a kind of passport, allowing people freedom of movement that they have not enjoyed for months. The European Union is in the process of creating a “digital green certificate” that they hope to open by June so that citizens and residents can travel across the border. In the U.S., vaccine evidence can give people access to certain places, and employers can ask their employees to return to work.
Investigators have warned Europol about the list and are now contacting others.
Ahmed Check Point spokesman said vendors who contacted the dark web markets were hoping to establish long-term relationships with customers. The target market, he said, “is people on the ground, people who want to ship to people who are expanding and selling locally.”
This story first appeared Ars Technica.
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