An investigation by the computer expert company QuantiKa14 uncovers a possible scam or illegal service that is already in the hands of the police
In full resurgence of infections by the variant omicron, more and more autonomous communities have made mandatory the covid passport to be able to access closed spaces with the intention of increasing the rate of vaccination and contain the pandemic in Spain. Yet between the circles antivacunas there are those who try to make money by selling false certificates to deceive the authorities.
This is what a couple from Malaga have been doing, producing certificates that they later sell to deniers for 350 euros a unit or two for 450, Christmas offer. This is how a research carried out by the computer expertise company QuantiKa14, which has infiltrated channels of the Telegram, where deniers of the pandemic and opponents of vaccines chat and organize their protests, to track down these criminals.
His study has located a man living in Malaga and a woman in Granada who have stated in these groups that they are anti-vaccines and who have dedicated themselves to marketing with COVID certificates with the intention of promoting the protests of a heterogeneous reactionary movement in which neo-fascist small groups are infiltrating and extreme right. “It is not an eventual or unique question, but a fairly common profile is repeated & rdquor ;, he explains to this newspaper Jorge Coronado, founder of QuantiKa14.
Collaboration with anti-vaccine doctors?
The investigation reveals a particularly worrisome detail: the possibility that anti-vaccine doctors have collaborated with the couple to validate the certificates fraudulently. “Our certificates are produced by a doctor (& mldr;) we register the certificate in the Health database, with which your QR code corresponds perfectly to you & rdquor ;, reads one of his publications on Telegram.
That means that, as Coronado points out, they do not have proof of whether these certificates are false or have been endorsed by Spanish public health through an illegal method. That is something that should clarify the police, which is already taking over advanced research by QuantiKa14. In addition, that couple demanded the payment of the certificates in cryptocurrencies. “That makes tracking the payment much more difficult than with a regular wire transfer & rdquor ;, adds the founder of the company.
Beyond this specific case, the sale of fake covid passports begins to proliferate on the networks. “This is the latest trend cybercriminals are leaning on & rdquor ;, warns Marcos Gomez, deputy director of services of the National Institute of Cybersecurity (INCIBE). “They are false services with which they try to steal your data & rdquor ;.