Its aim is to facilitate mobility between countries, but the threat of cyberattacks such as ‘phishing’ can make citizens the victims of scams
Covid passport This Thursday, July 1, comes into force to facilitate and promote safe mobility between the countries of the European Union. Also called the Digital Covid Certificate, it is a document agreed upon by the 27 member countries of the EU, which, although
It is not mandatory, it seeks to promote intra-community circulation and discard the forms of each country to centralize information and management.
European citizens can request it in digital format and also on paper. The document contains a
QR code with the tourist’s health information and its status regarding Covid-19, which also protects it against counterfeiting. Each health authority that issues it has its own digital key, which will be verified by scanning the QR code, so that each country can check the information of the issuing center stored in a secure database. In addition, the European Commission created a portal to verify the signatures of all certificates, so that no personal data of the holder is necessary.
Despite the security offered by the Covid Certificate, any precaution is low: the
cyber attack threat It can make citizens end up being victims of scams or scams through a false Covid passport, which, instead of facilitating the procedures to travel, will give you real headaches.
phishing‘is the most recurrent attack in the digital realm. It is a technique that consists of sending an email that pretends to be from a legitimate entity, such as a bank or public institution, with the aim of stealing private information from the user, making a financial charge or introducing a virus into the device. . To achieve this, they attach infected files or links to fraudulent pages that must be visited in the email. Many cybercriminals will be able to take advantage of the arrival of this passport as a hook to get hold of the private information of users who request it.
But avoiding being victims of these scams, scams and counterfeits is easier if you follow a series of recommendations:
Be wary of unknown senders. Emails or text messages of uncertain origin may not be secure. Nor should we trust those in whom we are asked to register to obtain the information.
Don’t click on links or attachments. They are likely to lead to a fraudulent website and, of course, we should never provide personal or bank details, such as account numbers and credit cards.
Remember that the Covid passport is totally free and universal and it will be valid until July 1, 2022. Due to the coronavirus, applications that seem to be an official tool proliferate, but nevertheless distribute a ‘ransomware’ that hijacks the data and asks for a subsequent payment to recover them. It has already happened with the spread of the CryCyptor virus, camouflaged in an app called Covid Alert.
Only trust official bodies. The autonomous communities are responsible for issuing this certificate in Spain, so users must go to the website or official application of the Ministry of Health of their region to request it.