Scammers are claiming to sell Covid-19 vaccines on the dark web for up to $1,000 worth of bitcoin

SourceCNBC
SectorHealthcare
CountryMiddle east

A man receives a dose of the Moderna coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at a vaccination site at South Bronx Educational Campus, in the Bronx New York on January 10, 2021.Kena Betancur | AFP | Getty ImagesGUANGZHOU, China — Sellers on the so-called dark web have been putting out an increasing number of advertisements for Covid-19 vaccines, asking for bitcoin as payment and not delivering the goods, according to cybersecurity firm Check Point.The dark net is effectively a hidden portion of the internet that requires special software to access. It is notorious for being a place to buy drugs, firearms and other illicit goods.As countries around the world race to roll out vaccination programs, opportunistic scammers online are looking to take advantage.Check Point's search query for vaccines on the dark web returned over 340 ads in 34 pages, compared to just 8 pages of results from a similar query ran in early December, the company said in an updated research report published on Tuesday.Unfortunately, while most of us are watching with hope, there are some watching with greed and malice in their minds, with the intent of capitalizing people's concerns about Covid-19 and desire to be protected against the risk of catching ...read more...