Beware of Malicious QR Codes

January 5th, 2013

QR Code for Chad's NewsQR codes are those black and white squares that you can scan with your smartphone to go directly to an associated website. They’ve become popular enough to attract the attention of spammers and malicious hackers, who are including codes in spam emails. They’re also placing QR code stickers in areas with a high amount of foot traffic (think airports and tourist sites) in the hopes that people will scan them. And even worse, they’re putting the stickers on top of regular QR codes—so it seems legitimate, but you end up going to a malicious website. According to the linked article, the only safeguard is to “download and install a QR reader that checks the website’s reputation, and then offers them the option of taking them there or not.”

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