• A blockchain business has uncovered astounding facts about the underground vaccine industry

  • The dark web, which houses roughly 95% of all internet information and can’t be viewed with standard Google Chrome, is frequently used to sell illegal goods like narcotics and guns (and even hitmen), among other nefarious services. Coinfirm, a company dedicated to “powering the broad use of blockchain in the next financial system,” discovered astounding facts about sellers selling stolen vaccines and certificates. Two important results from the black market inquiry were highlighted in the report, which was released on July 1. “The inquiry discovered scammers advertising vaccines on the darknet and possible health-care corruption,” according to the paper. An unidentified vendor happily advertising “positions of stolen vaccine from the most used and tested” on the suspected black market vaccine website Vaccine Store, according to a screenshot. The webpage claims, “We are really delighted to finally be able to provide everyone an offer to market a vaccine against covid-19.” The website purportedly sells BioNTech + Moderna vaccinations and claims to transport them “directly in cooling packages” to the United States, Canada, Mexico, Poland, France, the Netherlands, Italy, and Spain. “Many operate on the darknet due to the platforms’ focus on anonymity, which many scammers exploit,” concludes Coinfirm’s study. “Purchasing a material from darknet marketplaces may result in receiving a very different one, if at all.” Coinfirm discovered market suppliers in both Russia and the United States, as well as a number of smaller countries tied to unlawful hidden web activity. One website claims to be able to enter your information into national health databases and sell evidence of vaccination. “I include the lot numbers from your area on the cards when you send me your address. You can either write your name and birthday on the cards yourself for privacy reasons, or I can do them for you so that the handwriting is consistent and you are registered. The only thing that appears in the database [sic] are the lot numbers. Coinfirm also claims to have discovered a crypto wallet address connected to a “cluster of addresses with activity on a Hong Kong-registered exchange that caters heavily to Eastern European clientele”. According to the study, the address was paid roughly $40,800 (AU$54,410) for false immunization certificates the previous year. Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Dash (DASH), Litecoin (LTC), Tron (TRX), Monero (XMR), and Zcash (ZEC) were among the cryptocurrencies used to purchase the illicit products, according to Coindirm. Authorities keen to track down vendors and illicit website operators have made international dark web markets, such as the infamous Silk Road, a major topic in recent years. Before being arrested in 2013 and given to a double life sentence plus forty years without the possibility of parole, Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht became one of the most prominent dark web targets in the United States. Hydra, a Russian-only business that specializes in extensive secrecy precautions, is now the world’s largest known dark web marketplace. Unlike the other marketplaces, Hydra merchants are said to refuse to send your order directly to you, instead opting for dead drops and emailing consumers their GPS location to pick up their package. Vaccination certifications are said to cost between from 3,500 to 30,000 RUB (AU$63 to $546) on Hydra. Every retailer promised to enter client information into the national Russian system, regardless of price, according to Coinfirm. Customers can buy test results displaying a coronavirus negative result for under AU$100 from several online suppliers. Despite being 1/10th the price of similar services, one vendor claimed to give “certification of the completion of a full course of vaccines from COVID-19, the dates of the vaccine and the series, the doctor’s signature and the seal of the medical organization”.

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