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QR Codes Serve Up a Menu of Security Concerns

Quick Response (QR) codes are booming in popularity and hackers are flocking to exploit the trend. Worse, according to a new study, people are mostly ignorant to how QR codes can be easily abused to launch digital attacks.

The reason QR code use is skyrocketing is tied to more brick-and-mortar businesses are forgoing paper brochures, menus and leaflets that could accelerate the spread of COVID-19. Instead they are turning to QR codes as an alternative.

MobileIron warns that these QR codes can be malicious. In a study released Tuesday, the mobile device management firms found that 71 percent of survey respondents said they cannot distinguish between a legitimate and malicious QR code.

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QR Codes Serve Up a Menu of Security Concerns
Alayna  Rippin

Alayna Rippin

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QR Codes Serve Up a Menu of Security Concerns

Quick Response (QR) codes are booming in popularity and hackers are flocking to exploit the trend. Worse, according to a new study, people are mostly ignorant to how QR codes can be easily abused to launch digital attacks.

The reason QR code use is skyrocketing is tied to more brick-and-mortar businesses are forgoing paper brochures, menus and leaflets that could accelerate the spread of COVID-19. Instead they are turning to QR codes as an alternative.

MobileIron warns that these QR codes can be malicious. In a study released Tuesday, the mobile device management firms found that 71 percent of survey respondents said they cannot distinguish between a legitimate and malicious QR code.

#cloud security #mobile security #most recent threatlists #web security #malicious qr #mobileiron #pandemic #qr code #security concerns #touchless menu #what qr codes can do

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Top Reasons Why QR Code Menu Is Good for Your Hotel

As the world prepares for a post-pandemic future, hotels and restaurants are offering a QR code menu for hotels and restaurants to maintain social distancing, hygiene creating a more COVID friendly customer experience. QR Codes are a great solution for a variety of hospitality businesses as they are easy to troubleshoot and eliminate the need for physical menus at tables. Click the link below to have an idea about the top Reasons Why QR Code Menu Is Good for Your Hotel.

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Key Features of QR Code Menu for Hotels & Restaurants

In order to beat the effects of COVID, restaurants and hotels have gone big with QR codes. QR code menu for restaurants are popular for providing a touch-free experience, being easy to use and opening up a new world of benefits. Read the Post Below Key Features of QR Code Menu for Hotels & Restaurants.

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QR Codes: A Sneaky Security Threat

If it seems like QR codes have popped up everywhere these days, you’re right. Ever since they were first used by the Japanese auto industry to streamline manufacturing processes, companies everywhere have capitalized on the benefits of QR codes. They’re cheap to deploy and can be applied to almost anything — which is why every industry from retail to healthcare is now using them as a quick and easy way to link people to websites, promotional campaigns, store discounts, patient medical records, mobile payments and a whole lot more.

QR codes aren’t just cost-effective and simple to use. They’re also essential, especially during a pandemic where contactless transactions have become the norm. What’s more, at least 81 percent of Americans now own a smartphone, and nearly all of those devices can natively read QR codes with no third-party app required. So, QR codes are clearly having their moment.

What the Numbers Say (Hint: It’s Not Good)

My company, MobileIron, wanted to better understand current QR code trends, so in September we conducted a survey of more than 2,100 consumers across the U.S. and the U.K. It confirmed that QR codes are indeed more widely used today. For instance, in the last six months, more than one-third of mobile users scanned a QR code at a restaurant, bar, retailer or on a consumer product.

The results also highlighted some alarming trends: Mobile users don’t really understand the potential risks of QR codes, and nearly three-fourths (71 percent) of respondents can’t tell the difference between a legitimate and malicious QR code. At the same time, more than half (51 percent) of surveyed users don’t have (or don’t know if they have) mobile security on their devices.

Like so many things that feel like they’ve been part of our lives forever, we don’t give QR codes much thought. Mobile devices have conditioned us to take quick actions — swipe, tap, click, pay — all while we’re distracted by other things like working, shopping, eating (and unfortunately, yes, driving).

This is exactly the kind of implicit trust and thoughtless action hackers thrive on. And it’s why, if mobile employees are using their personal devices to access business apps and scan potentially risky QR codes, enterprise IT should start taking a much closer look at their mobile security approach.

So What, Exactly, Are the Risks of QR Codes?

Hacking an actual QR code would require some serious skills to change around the pixelated dots in the code’s matrix. Hackers have figured out a far easier method instead. This involves embedding malicious software in QR codes (which can be generated by free tools widely available on the internet). To an average user, these codes all look the same, but a malicious QR code can direct a user to a fake website. It can also capture personal data or install malicious software on a smartphone that initiates actions like this:

  • **Add a contact listing: **Hackers can add a new contact listing on the user’s phone and use it to launch a spear phishing or other personalized attack.
  • Initiate a phone call: By triggering a call to the scammer, this type of exploit can expose the phone number to a bad actor.
  • **Text someone: **In addition to sending a text message to a malicious recipient, a user’s contacts could also receive a malicious text from a scammer.
  • **Write an email: **Similar to a malicious text, a hacker can draft an email and populate the recipient and subject lines. Hackers could target the user’s work email if the device lacks mobile threat protection.
  • Make a payment: If the QR code is malicious, it could allow hackers to automatically send a payment and capture the user’s personal financial data.
  • Reveal the user’s location: Malicious software can silently track the user’s geolocation and send this data to an app or website.
  • Follow social-media accounts: The user’s social media accounts can be directed to follow a malicious account, which can then expose the user’s personal information and contacts.
  • Add a preferred Wi-Fi network: A compromised network can be added to the device’s preferred network list and include a credential that automatically connects the device to that network.

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