Covid vaccine passports are available on the dark web

Researchers found 17 illicit marketplaces claiming to sell vaccine passports, and some appear to be valid entries in national databases


3 December 2021

A woman checks her EU Digital Covid certificate on her mobilephone at El Prat airport in Barcelona on July 1, 2021. - The European health certificate, which Belgium began using on June 16, 2021, will become operational across the EU on July 1, 2021. (Photo by Pau BARRENA / AFP) (Photo by PAU BARRENA/AFP via Getty Images)

An EU Digital Covid Certificate displayed on a mobile phone

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Digital covid-19 vaccination certificates for use in the US and the European Union are available to buy on the dark web. Most appear to be fake, but others may be valid entries in national databases that have been leaked, say researchers.

Covid-19 restrictions in many countries require proof of vaccination against the coronavirus to access certain places, such as restaurants and nightclubs. In France, for instance, people have needed to show a vaccine passport to visit cafes and museums since August …