Earlier we already wrote that advertisements for the sale of three types of patented coronavirus vaccines – Pfizer / BioNTech, AstraZeneca and Moderna – appeared on the darknet, as well as some that have not yet been patented.
Now Check Point Analysts noticed a new trend on the darknet – selling fake COVID-19 vaccination certificates and negative coronavirus test certificates.
Researchers also note an increase in the number of advertisements for the sale of vaccines over the past three months by 300%: criminals offer to buy vaccines Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, “Sputnik V” and SinoPharm from $ 500 per dose. Now there are about 1200 such ads, which is three times more than in January this year.
A fake vaccination certificate allegedly issued by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) costs $ 200 apiece. Payment is possible only in bitcoins so that the seller cannot be tracked.
Check Point Research wrote to the seller to understand how the sale was made and to find out as many details as possible about the shipping, price, and authenticity of the certificate. In response to questions, the seller assured the researchers that he had sold many certificates to other people and had no problems with them. All that was required was to write down the names and dates required to make the certificates and pay $ 200. Below you can see a screenshot of the correspondence.
It is also possible to purchase a fake COVID-19 negative test certificate for the “three for the price of two” promotion or make it yourself for $ 25 in just half an hour.
The user just needs to enter his data in a convenient form and pay money. In half an hour, the ready-made certificate comes to the email specified by the user. Below you can see a template for making such a certificate.
“There have been a lot of vaccine proposals on the dark web lately. Three months ago, when we first decided to investigate this issue, we were able to find only a few hundred advertisements for the sale of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. Today, all existing types of vaccines are available on the dark web. Another new trend is the sale of fake certificates to travel abroad: now hackers offer to purchase not only vaccines, but all documents related to coronavirus and vaccinations, says Oded Vanunu, head of Check Point Software Technologies for researching product vulnerabilities. – Attackers seek to make money not only on the demand for vaccines, but also on the desire of people to avoid vaccination. Be aware of the risks associated with purchasing vaccines from unofficial suppliers and ordering fraudulent documents. Hackers have a clear interest in getting users to provide them with as much personal information as possible. Moreover, unvaccinated people who seek fake coronavirus test negative certificates can be infected. Buying certificates, they interfere with the fight against the disease. I also urge users not to post photos of real vaccination certificates and negative test results on social media, as they could end up in the hands of intruders. I am also confident that more activity related to coronavirus and vaccinations will appear on the darknet in the near future. “
Also on the darknet, they still offer to buy a wide variety of vaccines for coronavirus, prices start at $ 500 per dose. Most often they offer to buy:
- the Oxford AstraZeneca for $ 500 (a little less than 38,000 rubles);
- Johnson & Johnson for $ 600 (a little over 45,000 rubles);
- Sputnik V for $ 600 (a little over 45,000 rubles);
- Chinese SINOPHARM for $ 500 (slightly less than 38,000 rubles).