Fake COVID-19 Test Results and Vaccine Certificates
The growing menace to society from the Dark Web is evident in the recent explosion of Covid-19 related activity. Cyber-security experts Check Point published a blog that shines a light on this new hotbed of activity.
- Fake ‘vaccine passport’ certificates on sale for £180 – users simply send their details and the money, and the seller emails back the fake documents
- Fake negative COVID-19 test results on sale from various sellers from just £18
- Darknet advertisements for COVID-19 vaccines have increased by over 300% in past three months
- Multiple vaccine variants for sale: AstraZeneca, Sputnik, SINOPHARM and Johnson & Johnson, with prices ranging between £360 and £700 per dose
As of March 2021 less than 1% of the world’s population have had a vaccine and we know there are many political, trade and supply issues holding up the rollout. If you are a wealthy person in a country making very little progress with vaccines you may well be tempted to look for other routes to vaccinate you and your family. This logic is behind a surge in demand by those not happy to wait in what feels like a very very long line. This demand has fuelled an explosion in marketing and advertising on the Dark Web. Check Point found ‘hundreds’ of Dark Web advertisements in January. Their latest research identified over 1200 of them.
An example of what the offer looks like can be seen below
The vaccine itself is one growth area, but equally strong is demand for fake documents which ‘prove’ you have had the vaccine or a negative test result even when you haven’t. These documents are becoming a new currency for people to be able to board a plane, attend business or sporting functions – or even go to a bar or restaurant.