- Street: Thingvallastraeti 29
- City: Akureyri
- State: Arizona
- Country: Iceland
- Zip/Postal Code: 601
Vendors are cashing in on people desperate to leapfrog the line—or darkode reborn – http://americaswomenmagazine.xyz/blogs/viewstory/4395 falsely certify that they got the shot.Security researchers have observed a spike in listings on dark web marketplaces in recent weeks. The sites are advertising sets from vaccine doses to falsified vaccine certifications and negative test results. Currently, more than 1,200 listings are offering many different vaccines, including Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, Sputnik, and Sinopharm.
Investigations by researchers at security firm Check Point have already been monitoring the sites for Covid-19-related activity since January, and they report a three-fold upsurge in such activity during the last three months. It’s unclear if the doses are legitimate, and even when they were, there’s no guarantee that the vials have already been stored at the proper temperature, potentially rendering them useless.
The other day, Check Point researchers situated in Israel attempted to get the Sinopharm vaccine from 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 seller, who directed them to continue 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 for the shipment.
Dark web vendors are 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 cost for negative test results is as low as $25. Vaccination cards are harder ahead by and are available for more, 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 making a “digital green certificate” that they desire to roll out by June allowing its citizens and residents to visit 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, said that the sellers they contacted on dark web marketplaces were hoping to create long-term relationships with their customers. The goal market, he said, “are folks on a lawn, people that are seeking to spread and sell at the neighborhood level in bulk.”
111 toplam, 1 bugün