Millions of iPhone and Android users warned about a popular feature that could cost you
HACKERS are increasingly using QR codes to steal people’s data, according to a new report.
The report found that with phones and computers more cyber-secure than ever, hackers were forced to “think outside the box”.
Cybercriminals diversifying their attack methods have caused an increase in QR code phishing campaigns, HP Wolf Security has found.
Microsoft started blocking macro viruses in Office files by default in February last year, making it harder for attackers to execute malicious code.
According to HP, social engineering tactics, such as “parent/child” or “grandparent/grandchild” scams, are also becoming less effective as technology users become more socially savvy. of digital.
Thus, a new goal for some fraudsters is to use QR to extract data from users.
Since October 2022, HP has seen QR code “scan scam” campaigns emerge almost daily.
These schemes trick internet users into scanning QR codes from their PC using their mobile devices.
Attacks usually rely on users clicking on advertisements they see online, leading to malicious sites that look almost identical to the real ones.
The QR codes then direct victims to malicious websites asking for credit and debit card details.
An example of this phenomenon involves a cybercriminal impersonating a package delivery company seeking payment.
HP experts suspect this is to take advantage of weaker phishing protection and detection on these devices.
“When one door closes, another opens,” says Alex Holland, senior malware analyst with HP’s Threat Research team.
“Users should look for emails and websites that ask to scan QR codes and give sensitive data, as well as PDF files linking to password-protected archives.”
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