Interpol, the international criminal investigation organization, has warned law enforcement agencies around the world to exercise caution and beware of letters contaminated with Covid-19 that could target political figures.
Under the latest guidance, Interpol has warned all law enforcement agencies, including those in India, to consider stepping up surveillance based on the various practices that relate to intentional acts with a real risk of spreading contamination (such acts should be further evaluated will be) on a case-by-case basis).
“Cases where people spit and cough in front of police officers, alternative practitioners and key workers to intimidate them. This could pose a risk if these people are infected with Covid-19,” the guidelines say.
“Attempts of intentional contamination by spitting and coughing on surfaces and objects have been reported. Despite the limited risk, some cases of threatening letters allegedly contaminated with Covid-19 have been directed against political figures. This modus operandi could appeal to other vulnerable groups “, it was said .
The international agency said certain infected people could intentionally move from affected areas to unaffected areas despite their health status and any travel restrictions. Cases have been reported of people claiming to be selling contaminated samples of body fluids online.
It is also said that the COVID-19 pandemic has offered a quick buck as predatory criminals take advantage of the high market demand for personal protection and hygiene products that has sparked a massive supply of counterfeit medical products.
“The results of Operation Pangea and other initiatives that Interpol carried out with enforcement partners from March 2020 onwards have shown that there are more counterfeit or counterfeit medical items on the market, including disposable surgical masks, hand sanitizers, antiviral and antimalarial drugs, as well as vaccines, Covid- 19 test kits, “says the Interpol guidelines.
Interpol has also provided a list of various fraud and fraud programs that are exploiting the reported crisis situation.
“Cyber criminals continue to use the Covid-19 pandemic to launch a wide variety of cyber-attacks. The number of malware and ransomware campaigns using Covid-19 and infecting the computer systems of individuals and organizations remains a risk,” the said international agency.
In addition, the agency said that as legitimate vaccines move closer to delivery, storage facilities and distribution networks can also be expected to be directed by criminal networks, and the updated guidelines underscore the need for safe storage and delivery of supplies.
“The high demand combined with a limited supply makes COVID-19 vaccines an equivalent of liquid gold to organized crime networks as soon as one becomes available,” said Jürgen Stock, Interpol general secretary.
“Because of this, steps must be taken now to both protect the legitimate supply chain when the vaccine is ready and to prevent the manufacture and distribution of counterfeit COVID-19 vaccines,” the agency said.
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