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Hackers use QR codes to hack smartphones

More and more prominent since the health crisis, QR codes are not without risk for users. Explanations.

Forbes conducted among 2,100 Americans and Britons. “data-reactid =” 24 “> These small squares, often black and white, resembling a barcode from a distance, are omnipresent in our lives. Even more since the health crisis since many restaurants now use this technology to present their card to customers. Are they 100% safe? Not really to believe a survey of MobileIron relayed by Forbes conducted among 2,100 Americans and Britons.

“We will soon see an onslaught of attacks via QR Codes”

First observation: “Quick Response Codes” are popular. Two-thirds of respondents (64%) say this technology makes life easier. This almost daily gesture is not without risk, however. Always ready to use any loophole, hackers could well make these 2D barcodes their new playground.

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“We will soon see an onslaught of attacks via QR codes,” worries Alex Mosher, vice president of solutions at MobileIron, interviewed by Forbes. How? ‘Or’ What ? By embedding a malicious URL in a QR code. Using malicious software and taking advantage of the ignorance of users, hackers can thus exfiltrate the data of the mobile device after the scanned QR code.

“A hacker could embed a malicious URL in a QR code directing the user to a phishing site and encouraging them to disclose their credentials. It would then be enough for him to use this information to infiltrate the company ”, adds Alex Mosher. After all, 71% of those surveyed for this study did not know how to distinguish between a legitimate QR code and a malicious one.

this technology to strip many victims at the beginning of the year. “data-reactid =” 31 “> Be particularly vigilant. In the Netherlands, crooks have taken advantage of this technology to rob many victims at the beginning of the year.

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