Interpol, an international police organization based in France, identified at least 60 fake vaccine sales campaigns operating in 40 different countries. The scammers pose as commercial representatives of vaccine manufacturers and offer them to potential buyers linked to the government. The list of countries where these campaigns were identified was not revealed.
In a press release, Interpol Secretary General Jürgen Stock explained that the partnership between governments and the private sector is essential to combat this type of crime..
“The private sector has the most information about attacks and trends, which is exactly what happened with these attempts at vaccine fraud.. Even when a fraud fails, it must be reported to the police so that potential malicious links can be identified,” he said.
Bandits, scammers and cybercriminals have already explored every possible phase and strand of the pandemic, to apply scams and profit illegally from the spread of a devastating virus that has killed more than 4 million people worldwide.
Here at The Hack we cover the highlights of cybercrime during the pandemic. as the attack on AstraZeneca that may have come from North Korea, Pfizer’s Vaccine Data Theft and Leakage, the exponential increase in users accessing the dark web during the pandemic, a sale of CoronaVac (before the start of official vaccination), for R$ 98 reais, one exclusive interview with the hacker who found critical vulnerabilities in Fiocruz’s vaccine management system, in Rio de Janeiro and many others.
All of The Hack’s coverage involving COVID-19 is available at COVID-19 category.