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Vendors are cashing in on people desperate to leapfrog the line—or falsely certify that they got the shot.Security researchers have seen a spike in listings on dark web marketplaces in recent weeks. The sites are advertising from vaccine doses to falsified vaccine certifications and negative test results. Currently, more than 1,200 listings are offering a variety of vaccines, including Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, Sputnik, and Sinopharm.
Investigations by researchers at security firm Check Point have now been monitoring the sites for Covid-19-related activity since January, and they report a three-fold escalation in such activity over the last three months. It’s unclear if the doses are legitimate, and even when they certainly were, there’s no guarantee that the vials have now been stored at the right temperature, potentially rendering them useless.
The other day, Check Point researchers situated in Israel attempted to purchase the Sinopharm vaccine in one vendor, said Ekram Ahmed, a spokesperson for the company. “We tried to negotiate and buy the Chinese vaccine through one of many vendors,” he told Ars. The team messaged the vendor, who directed them to keep the negotiations on Telegram. Once there, the vendor provided reassurances that the vaccine doses were legitimate. The researchers sent $500 to a Bitcoin wallet, and while they have received a FedEx shipping label, they’ve yet to get the shipment.
Dark web vendors are most likely doing better business selling falsified vaccine cards and negative test results. “Lately, we’re seeing more vaccination certificates being offered” than vaccines, Ahmed said. “It’s probably a two-to-one ratio.”
With COVID-19 testing becoming more widespread, the purchase price for negative test results is only $25. Vaccination cards are harder to come by and are selling for more, darkode reborn [https://padandpixel.com/forums/users/janicreamer7/ – https://padandpixel.com/forums/users/janicreamer7/] around $200. These certificates are becoming passports of sorts, allowing people a freedom of movement they haven’t enjoyed in months. The European Union is in the process of creating a “digital green certificate” which they aspire to roll out by June to permit its citizens and residents traveling across borders. In the US, evidence of vaccination could grant people access to certain venues, and employers may require it of their workers to go back to the workplace.
The researchers have alerted Europol to the listing and are contacting others today.the Check Point spokesperson, stated that the sellers they contacted on dark web marketplaces were hoping to set up long-term relationships making use of their customers. The target market, he explained, “are folks on a lawn, folks who are looking to spread and sell at the neighborhood level in bulk.”
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