Criminal activity through cryptocurrency is not uncommon, and it has surged during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the frequently seen scams and money laundering, the dark web black market even makes use of the anonymity of cryptocurrencies, resulting in the circulation of illegal vaccines and related forged certificates.
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according toA report released by the blockchain analysis company Coinfirm on Thursday (1) disclosed that many fake vaccination certificates and illegally sold vaccines appeared on the dark web market, and through Bitcoin, Ether, or higher privacy gates. Cryptocurrencies such as Rcoin and Zcash are used for transactions.
Although the global COVID-19 epidemic has eased slightly, the use of vaccine scams on the Internet has become more and more rampant. Investigations revealed that some criminals are selling illegal vaccines through dark web markets such as Hydra, or providing vaccination certificates that are certified by the health department.
The report pointed out that there is a black market called the “COVID-19 Vaccine Store” on the dark web, which provides a variety of common vaccines on the market including AZ, Ruihui, Johnson & Johnson, Modena, and Satellite-V. Another black market called a “vaccine store” even advertises that the products it provides are vaccines “stolen” from various countries.
Coinfirm also tracked down the Bitcoin address used by the black market to accept payments, and found that this address was connected to 145 other addresses, including coin mixers, stolen credit cards, drug dealers, and the “twice” that was frequently reported on the Internet. “(Doublers) scam.
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In addition, in addition to illegal vaccine sales, there are even channels for vaccination certificates.
Coinfirm pointed out that these vaccination certificates come from dark web market suppliers in the United States, Russia and many other countries. According to the report, black market merchants may have the ability to enter the information of their entrusted clients into the national health system, even with a doctor’s certificate, which highlights the chaos of the national health department during the pandemic.
According to reports, the price of vaccination certificates sold on the dark-net black market Hydra ranges from 30,000, 15,000 to 3,500 Russian rubles.
Coinfirm pointed out that these black market merchants generally use Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin (LTC), TRON (TRX), or the more anonymous three giants Dash (DASH), Monero (XMR) and Zccoin (ZEC), to complete these illegal transactions.
In addition, in the process of tracing these transactions, Coinfirm discovered that a receiving address actually belonged to an exchange registered in Hong Kong. Coinfirm said that the exchange mainly caters to customers in Eastern Europe and lacks compliance requirements such as KYC (Know Your Customer).
Coinfirm stated that some criminal addresses have received tens of thousands of dollars in bitcoin remittances in the past year. In their view, this is nothing more than highlighting the obligation of every business entity in the cryptocurrency industry to comply with strict KYC policies.
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