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Dark net vendors tout likely fake COVID-19 vaccines as prices soar – researchers

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Vendors on the dark net are touting coronavirus vaccines with price tags of up to $1,000 for a dose of an unspecified product that is likely to be fake, Check Point Software security researchers said.

The dark net or deep web is an online universe that works in parallel to the internet we know. It is a realm many people are unaware of, a zone where users can surf anonymously and largely without a trace, populated by arms dealers, pedophiles, terrorists and cyber criminals, among others. You can hire a hit man on the dark web, or buy a stolen credit card, and do so without leaving a footprint.

The Check Point researchers started scouting the dark net for offers of counterfeit coronavirus vaccines in early December, and they found them being offered for sale with prices starting at around $250. That was around the time when COVID-19 vaccines became officially available worldwide.

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Purchasers have no way of knowing whether drugs are being offered on the dark net are genuine. All of the vendors the researchers found only accepted payments in bitcoin, to minimize the chance of the transactions being traced, and casting further doubt on the authenticity of the medicines being sold, the researchers said in a blog post published on Wednesday. Vendors on the dark........

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