The term ‘fake it till you make it’ denotes something positive – where it is to encourage pretense with regards to an element of one’s character or capabilities. But there is a fine line between that sentiment and a flat-out lie.
Sometimes when you covet for an item that is unattainable, for whatever reasons, you would usually settle for something lesser or if you can get away with it, purchase an imitation of that desired product. A report by City A.M reveals that most of the counterfeits originate in middle income or emerging countries, with China the top producer accounting for a whopping 63.2 per cent of customs seizures between 2011 and 2013.
Some of the most common items are timepieces, handbags, leather goods, shoes, and apparels. But lately, there has been another item that is being heavily forged and that is the ever-popular and ever-important digital Covid-19 vaccination certificates. On 12 August, Asia News Today Network reported that the police have started investigations into allegations on the sale of digital Covid-19 vaccination certificates as claimed by a Facebook user.
Investigations Into Fake Certs Have Begun
Meanwhile, EdgeProp divulged that Datuk Dr Mohd Rushdan Mohd Noor, Head of Department and Senior Consultant O&G, Consultant Gynae Oncologist at Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah Alor Setar had posted on Facebook that the digital certificates are being sold at RM15 each.
It goes on to explain that it displays information such as a photograph of the holder of the digital certificate as well as the date and location of the vaccine dose given.
Dr. Mohd. Rushdan questions aloud the worry that is niggling within the society by further questioning that “If the public is allowed to make a vaccine certificate identity card or print the vaccination certificate themselves, how can the authorities know between the genuine and the fake?”
It is indeed worrying times, guys. Let’s stay safe and #kitajagakita. For news that are related to security and privacy you can head on to our ESPC website.