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Fake vaccines on sale claim to be made from blood of COVID-19 patients

por Marlene Hemphill (2020-05-13)


Scammers are selling fake vaccines claiming to be made from the blood of coronavirus patients online. 

3 months agoResearchers from the Australian National University's Cybercrime Observatory surveyed 20 marketplaces on the dark web in early April to determine how cyber-criminals were exploiting the pandemic.  

They found fake vaccines were being sold with a median cost of $575, but some allegedly sourced from China were priced at $15,300 with the most expensive being sold for $24,598. 

Other products on sale included masks, sanitisers, gowns and gloves which were priced from $1 up to $17,952.  






Researchers from the Australian National University's Cybercrime Observatory surveyed 20 marketplaces on the darknet in early April to determine how cyber-criminals were exploiting the coronavirus pandemic (stock photo)


The researchers discovered 645 listings for COVID-19 products on the darknet from 110 sellers across 12 different markets around the world. 

Most sellers claimed to be shipping the products from the US, but three said they are based in Australia.  

PPE made up more than a third of the darknet marketplace listings while fake vaccines made up 6 per cent of all listings. 






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Some of the fake vaccines allegedly made from patients blood were titled: 'COVID-19 ANTIDOTE IS HERE FROM CHINA'; 'HELLO buy fast... CORONAVIRUS VACCINE is out now'; 'COVID-19 CURE VACCINE. Keep quiet on this.' 

'Details about the origin or composition of vaccines were sparse, but they are likely fraudulent,' the researchers wrote in their report. 

'There may also be experimental vaccines illegally diverted from research laboratories conducting animal or human trials, or even sourced from patients who have recovered from COVID-19.'






They found fake vaccines that claim to be made from the blood of recovered COVID-19 patients were being sold with a median cost of $575, but some allegedly sourced from China were priced at $15,300 with the most expensive being sold for $24,598 (stock image)


Lead researcher Rod Broadhurst explained the fake vaccines sell themselves on being 'passive.'

'The word I think is passive vaccination, where the blood plasma of a recovered COVID-19 patient is harvested for the antibodies,' lead researcher Rod Broadhurst told ABC's AM. 

'That is then used to inject into someone who may be at risk of COVID-19.'

He believed these listings are designed to target desperate people. 

'The idea of any kind of black market is that there will be some people who may be prepared to be jumping ahead of the queue if you like and taking a punt on a vaccine that's undergoing trial,' professor Broadhurst said. 






Other products on sale included masks, sanitisers, gowns and gloves which were priced from $1 up to $17,952














Some darknet marketplaces stated they have banned the sale of COVID-19 products for ethical reasons.  

The researchers said in their report the fake vaccines require further investigation as they could pose a significant problem if they were to be sold to people. 

'Indeed, the underground sale of vaccines, real or not, is the key risk presented by darknet sales of COVID-19 products and raises two key concerns,' the researchers wrote. 

'First, fake vaccines could worsen the spread of the virus because users may behave as if immune but nevertheless become infected. 

'Second, the premature release of vaccines undergoing animal or human trials would also misguide users as to their immunity, 바카라사이트 but may also impact on the success of these crucial clinical trials.'



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Blood of allegedly recovered coronavirus patients being offered on dark web as a passive vaccine - ABC News