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A couple from Lyon accused of having sold more than 1,000 fake health packages

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A couple from Lyon accused of having sold more than 1,000 fake health packages

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Two Lyonnais have been charged with selling more than 1,000 fake COVID-19 passes.

The couple are accused of hacking into the account of a French nurse in Gironde last summer to create the fake certificates.

They were arrested on Tuesday after “several months” of investigations, said the Bordeaux prosecutor’s office.

The case was initially launched after a freelance nurse practitioner discovered that her business account dedicated to COVID-19 vaccines had been hacked.

Hackers “generated more than a thousand fake passes within days,” police said in a statement.

They had used “anonymous software” to access the files of the nurse at a clinic in Taillan-Médoc, they added.

The cyberattack was attributed to a couple living on the outskirts of Lyon, where the police also seized a handgun, 9,000 euros, around twenty mobile phones, and “a very large number of digital media”.

A male suspect has been taken into custody while his girlfriend has been released on bail, prosecutors added.

In December, the French Interior Ministry said police had detected 182,000 fake COVID laissez-passer since they were introduced this summer.

On Thursday, the French Prime Minister announced that the country would introduce a new “vaccine pass” on Monday.

Citizens will need to be fully vaccinated or have recently recovered from an infection to enter bars, restaurants and other cultural venues.

A couple from Lyon accused of having sold more than 1,000 fake health packages

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