A global cybersecurity firm had warned of the alleged coronavirus vaccines being sold on the darknet marketplaces.
The Kaspersky researchers have examined fifteen various dark web marketplaces in total and have discovered advertisements for major three coronavirus vaccines or Covid-19 vaccines viz., AstraZeneca, BioNTech/Pfizer and Moderna.
The scammers and the darknet vendors have been too eager to make a fat profit out of the process as other sellers were advertising the unverified Covid-19 vaccines. However, Kaspersky had stated that the majority of the sellers for the purpose of selling the coronavirus vaccines came from Germany, France, the U.S. and the U.K. They have slathered the Covid-19 vaccines with a price tag ranging from $250 to $1,200, bearing an average cost of $500.
The negotiations on the price parameter are done through encrypted messaging apps such as Telegram and Wickr. On the contrary, the payments are collected in cryptocurrency, most preferably Bitcoin (BTC).
It has been revealed that the maximum of the underground sellers has conducted transactions between 100 and 500. This indicates that they have completed the sales, but it is still turbid what exactly the dark web users had purchased.
Kaspersky experts state that with the information they have with them, it would be challenging to state how many of the coronavirus vaccines or their doses being advertised online on the darknet are original and how many are a scam. Many medical facilities have discovered themselves with surplus doses.
“You can find just about anything on the Darknet, so it’s not surprising sellers there would attempt to capitalize on the vaccination campaign. Over the past year, there have been a whole host of scams exploiting the Covid topic, and many of them have been successful. Right now, not only are people selling vaccine doses, but they’re also selling vaccination records—pieces of paper that can help you travel freely. It’s important for users to be cautious of any “deal” related to the pandemic, and, of course, it’s never a good idea to buy a vaccine off the Darknet,” said Dmitry Galov, a security expert at Kaspersky.
The firm has also warned that even though one receives something in the email, the dosage one would receive would not be a valid or effective one.
“More importantly, obtaining such doses is illegal.”
The following are the recommendations that they have put out to keep the public safe from the scammers during the time of the pandemic:
• Never buy products—including vaccine doses—on the Darknet.
• If you see an advertisement for something related to Covid, look carefully at the URLs of the sites you visit. If just one letter seems out of place, or if the usual.com has been replaced with .com.tk or something along those lines, your gut should tell you it’s phishing. Never enter personal information on such a site.
• Pay attention to grammar and layout on both the sites you visit and the emails you receive. If something smells phishy, it probably is.
Source: Business Mirror
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