The internet in Zimbabwe and worldwide is awash with fake covid-19 jab certificates.According to Robert Potter of cybersecurity firm Internet 2.0, Australia must harness blockchain technology to ensure its Covid-19 vaccination certificate system is not compromised. He urged both the Australian and international authorities to adopt a blockchain-based “non-reproducible signing authority.”
Hence with counterfeit Australian coronavirus vaccination certificates circulating online, local experts are calling for the national rollout of a blockchain-based vaccine passport to ensure the efficacy of the country’s “Covid certificate” system.
A report in The Australian cites fraudsters who claim to have sold more than 200 fake Covid-19 certificates for $120 or more each while receiving interest from at least 900 other prospective customers. The fraudsters promote their products as being so convincing that “You’ll be the only one to know you’ve not been vaccinated,” claiming that they can arrange for doctors to enter false vaccination records into the Australian Immunisation Registry.
The fraudsters are not without competitors, with another vendor of fraudulent Covid-19 certificates claiming to have partnered with doctors across Australia, Europe, the United States and parts of Asia to provide false vaccination records internationally.
Other sellers claim to offer more cost-effective solutions to bypassing health guidelines, purporting to sell doctored vaccination records for $12.99 each directly from the Apple App Store.