Mafia groups are likely to try to disrupt the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, an international police organization. Interpol warned on Wednesday.
In a statement, the group warned its 194 member countries that they were on high alert by organized crime networks trying to infiltrate supply chains to get the vaccine. They also warned about the sale of fraudulent products coronavirus vaccines.
“Criminal networks will also target unsuspecting audiences through fake websites and fake cures, which could pose a significant risk to their health, even their lives,” the Interpol secretary general said. , Jürgen Stock.
“It is essential that law enforcement be as prepared as possible for what will be an onslaught of all kinds of criminal activity related to the COVID-19 vaccine, which is why Interpol has issued this global warning.”
The warning comes when the health authorities of the European Union The United States and elsewhere are examining multiple vaccines which have been developed. The UK became the first Western country to do so on Wednesday officially authorize a vaccine, which gives the green light to the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine, which the trials proved to be safe and secure 95% effective in blocking COVID-19.
Last month, Interpol issued a warning about the risk these are genuine COVID-19 vaccines, advising law enforcement agencies around the world to begin preparing immediately to prevent these crimes.
“High demand combined with a limited supply will make COVID-19 vaccines the equivalent of liquid gold for organized crime networks as soon as it becomes available,” Stock said.
There is also a risk that fake evidence of COVID-19 could be sold, the organization added, as the need for evidence is likely to increase as international travel begins to recover.
Interpol has previously notified the public counterfeit medicines and other medical articles, which he noted were especially troubling during the pandemic.
On Wednesday, the group said an analysis showed that “of 3,000 websites associated with online pharmacies suspected of selling illicit drugs and medical devices, about 1,700 contained cyber threats, especially malicious fishing software ( impersonation) and spam “.
In Wednesday’s warning, he also noted that the pandemic has already “triggered unprecedented opportunistic and predatory criminal behavior.”
There was one increase in cybercrime, Said Interpol in August, with companies and governments being the main targets. The widespread change in the commercial operations of networked offices led to a sharp increase in fishing, malware, online scams and misinformation.
Throughout the pandemic, there have been many cases of opportunists who have seized the moment to commit fraud and gouge mask prices.
In March, just as COVID-19 was beginning to spread in the U.S., law enforcement across the country issued warnings about it. scammers knocking on the doors of people who claim to be CDC officers and offer people to try money.