The phenomenon is largely explained by the ease of access to travel and certain activities for people with a sanitary pass in many countries. The cybersecurity specialist Check Point mentioned on his blog “A volume increase of several hundred percent since early 2021”.
However, sales of counterfeit certificates do not generally take place directly. via the Dark Web. Counterfeiters, on the other hand, use the network to promote their activities. Transactions are then finalized on messaging apps or by email.
A document attesting to a vaccination, in reality non-existent, is negotiated between 100 and 120 $, that is to say between 85 and a hundred euros.
Certificates that can be used around the world
Researchers from Check Point thus spotted numerous announcements concerning certificates valid throughout theEuropean Union. They also had access to documents that could be used in Italy, Greece, Switzerland or the Netherlands.
Experts also noted that the Darknet hosted offers of attestations from United States, Indonesia, Pakistan and the rest of the world. They also noted that some counterfeiters spoke out against vaccination in their communications.
“We are here to save the world from this poisonous vaccine” or “Stay away from the vaccine and stay healthy while we continue the fight”, have written some sellers in their ads.