While the COVID19 pandemic was spreading a global scale, specific goods became victims of looting and financial speculation. In my first investigation, I focused my searches on masks to avoid contagion and disinfectant products, because these goods quickly disappeared from the official markets due to the high demand.
At the time of the first investigation, most of the offers were related to surgical masks, small vendors attempted to generate revenues exploiting the panic of the population. The landscape was characterized by small vendors offering a limited number of pieces for pricing between 5 and 60 euros per each item, and only in a few cases, I observed sellers that were offering certified masks (FFP3 or FFP2)
I have also searched for common cleaning products, including Clorox, Lysol, and Purell, but there were no sellers offering them.
Curiously, I have found some scammers attempting to sell capsules that claim to make immune to the coronavirus.
A month later …
Cybercrime quickly adapted its offer to the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak and many other products appeared in
I have visited all the major hacking communities and marketplaces searching for terms like ‘Coronavirus’, ‘Mask’, ‘N95’, ‘Test kit’, ‘pulmonary respirators’, ‘COVID19’, ‘chloroquine’, ‘Regeneron’, ‘remdesivir’, ‘Kevzara’, ‘Avigan’, ‘N95 Mask’, ‘Colidavir’, ‘Lopinavir’, ‘Favipiravir’, and hand sanitizer. Let’s see what I have discovered.
The sale of masks is exploded, the type of sellers is also deeply changed. New vendors appeared in the major black markets offering
The price for a single mask depends on the type and of course, on the dimension of the lots, it ranges from USD 0,50 up to USD 130.
A new entry in the
This time I also found several vendors that attempted to sell hand
Purchase price range between USD 6 and USD 12, the main problem is that these products are not the official products of well known brands, like Purrel or Amuchina.
Digging the black markets I also found
Let’s close the tour with a new disconcerting discovery related to one of the drugs cited by
I have found numerous offers of chloroquine, most of them are official packages available on the market
I was not able to find any offer related to other official drugs that government ate testing to cure Coronavirus infections.
I’ll continue to monitor the offer in the dark web related to
My Italian friends and reader could see my interview on the topic, let me thank the journalist Andrea Lattanzi:
(SecurityAffairs – Coronavirus Dark Web)