Increase of up to 600% in certified vaccination truchos

Check Point Research Alerts That “Health Passes” Are Being Sold For $ 250; the main clients are people who do not want to receive the vaccine.

Check Point Research (CPR), the Threat Intelligence division of Check Point® Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP), a leading global provider of cybersecurity solutions, alerts of a new wave of falsification of test and vaccination certificates amid Omicron’s huge global impact. As countries around the world introduce or strengthen measures to control the spread of the new variant, sellers of counterfeit certificates have increased their activity in recent weeks.

The European Union has a COVID-19 passport plan since July 2021, and many other countries, such as Argentina, followed suit with health passes. International travel has also relied heavily on vaccination or testing.

The high transmissibility and rapid spread of the Omicron variant, combined with problems around the manning and supply of PCR tests, created a “market opportunity” that cybercriminals are trying to exploit once again.

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According to Check Point Research (CPR), at least one group that was active during the Delta variant surge, but fell silent in October 2021, resurfaced to take advantage of the situation. Potential clients could be people who have tested positive, who have refused to be tested, or who are unwilling to get vaccinated, opting instead to search for alternatives online.

The sale prices of fake vaccination certificates have increased by up to 600%. Researchers have also discovered a spectacular increase in the price of vaccination certificates and fraudulent tests. Shortly after the initial announcement of vaccination certificates in 2021, fake PCR and antigen tests typically sold for $ 75 to $ 100.

In this latest deployment of the dark web, those same documents are priced between $ 200 and $ 600, which is an increase of up to 600%.

“Without a centralized testing and vaccination certification system, it is very easy for scammers to take advantage of the current situation to their advantage. Groups of cybercriminals that have been inactive for months have re-emerged to raise what they can in this changing pandemic landscape.” alert Eusebio Nieva, technical director of Check Point Software for Spain and Portugal.

“Countries around the world have tightened their restrictions, asking citizens to submit negative test results or vaccination certificates before being allowed into mass events and gatherings, and international travel has become more difficult due to to the increase in cases. This, combined with test kit supply issues and general indecision about vaccines, has created a perfect storm for scammers. They are back to trading with confidence, as evidenced by the bold and dramatic price spikes we are seeing on the black market. Governments must come together quickly to combat this latest wave of the black market or risk seeing falsified documents increase in the coming weeks and months, “concludes Nieva.

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