Interpol, IBM Security Experts Issue Warnings Of Criminal Efforts Targeting Coronavirus Vaccine Distribution

AP: Phishing ploy targets COVID-19 vaccine distribution effort
“IBM security researchers say they have detected a cyberespionage effort using targeted phishing emails to try to collect vital information on the World Health Organization’s initiative for distributing COVID-19 vaccine to developing countries. The researchers said they could not be sure who was behind the campaign, which began in September, or if it was successful. But the precision targeting and careful efforts to leave no tracks bore ‘the potential hallmarks of nation-state tradecraft,’ they said in a blog post Thursday…” (Bajak, 12/3).

The Hill: Interpol warning of fake, stolen vaccines
“Interpol issued a global warning Wednesday alerting its members that organized crime networks could try to sell counterfeit COVID-19 vaccines or attempt to steal real shots as the world ramps up efforts to distribute an immunization. The global police coordination agency sent out an orange alert to police in 194 countries urging them to prepare for the threat, saying the pandemic has already ‘triggered unprecedented opportunistic and predatory criminal behavior’…” (Axelrod, 12/2).

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