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A cybersecurity expert said New Zealanders on the Dark Web are discussing false Covid-19 test results and vaccine passports.

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Documentation is widely available overseas for around US $ 25.

However, there is no evidence that New Zealanders or people traveling here obtained the false documents.

Darkscope International cybersecurity expert Joerg Buss told RNZ The first standing it was easy enough to simulate reports as there was no centralized way to track test results.

“At the moment, we scan over 200 million dark web pages per week. We are seeing an increase in Covid-19 or Covid-19 vaccine evidence test results, but some test results were also offered in some markets. “

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He said some entries cost around US $ 25 (around NZ $ 35) to pay in cryptocurrency.

In the New Zealand forum, he said it was “being talked about” but that he had not seen any particular offer or demand.

Buss said it wasn’t hard to find these deals, but there was always the risk of falling for a program that didn’t keep its word.

“About 90 percent of all the content is fake, but it’s not hard for someone to find the real deal … that’s what we think we’re going to come up with over the next couple of months.”

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He said that just like Trade Me, sellers on the dark web also have ratings.

“The dark web is part of the deep web,” he explained.

“The Deep Web is anything that is hidden by connections or… because you have a corporate network.

“It’s estimated that the dark web … makes up about 10 to 20 percent of websites. So we’re talking tens of millions of pages. So it’s not small.”

He said if they discovered any unusual activity, they would alert authorities like the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB).

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“As long as we don’t have a centralized way of tracking the results which then cannot be rigged, it’s really difficult.”

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Yesterday, Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said customs were looking closely at documents people presented before entering the country.

However, unlike the immigration system where weeks can be spent verifying information, officials do not have this option with regard to pre-departure test results.

National Deputy Chief Shane Reti said The first standing more measures had to be put in place in addition to the pre-departure testing regime.

He said only laboratories accredited by Immigration New Zealand should be able to provide Covid-19 testing before departure.

“… so that we can overcome this concern that this pre-departure test was fraudulent.”


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