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QR CODE HACKER MALWARE: OMG IS NOTHING SACRED?

When I first as exposed to the QR  code technology andheard about the applications, I thought it truly was a panacea – and I really envisioned that the QR code technology  was going to displace  advertising as we knew it.

Mama Mia – was I wrong-LOL – now you know why I have a box full of  stock certificates  from companies that were formerly Pink Sheet darlings– sigh. So much for MY technological crystal ball.

While the QR code can give an entrancing demonstration-  how many of us actually use them on a regular basis?

Look at me- APPSNEWBIE and the QR code SCANDUDS t shirts I produced?

Outside of Japan (the birthplace of QR Code usage ), the only use cases so far seem to be:

1) Quickly getting to an Android app’s download page from a review site.

2) When you really, really want to know more about that print mag’s McDonald’s ad.Or you are REALLY REALLY hard up for something to do in the dentists of ice.

3) Scanning that mysterious QR code sticker thatpromises a freebie.Or you JUST got a smartphone and you want to see if you know how to scan.

Oh shut up- and don’t you  eye roll me- you KNOW not everybody can get that sucker to work…

See if you can ACTUALLY get a discount at Kentucky Fried – well- they SAID it was KFC..

WELL the evil ones are upon us

The evil ones  of the world have caught on to QR codes, so scanning that stray QR code might lead you to some nasty, nasty malware-bloatware -Trojans. Computer killers.

Now, to be clear: there’s nothing inherently wrong with the QR code itself. The QR code is just a visual representation of data which gets passed to the phone — so even if there were some way to directly exploit QR codes, its effect would vary greatly based on how each respective platform handles the data passed to it.

HACKERS  are using QR codes to lure people into downloading Android malware.

While some users are likely to assume that QR codes are unique to the Android market and thus be comfortable scanning them, these codes actually take you to an Android install package hosted on some third-party server. The QR code itself isn’t bad — but the link it’s obfuscating is.

Once downloaded, the dirty app (which, in the most recent case, was a hacked version of the Russian ICQ client, Jimm) begins firing off text messages to a premium number. Each text it sends (without your knowledge) sets you back around $5+. You can find an outline of the method byKaspersky Labs here.

It’s not hard to imagine how this concept could get nasty quick. Users, for the most part, would trust a QR code the same way they just a link on a company’s own website.

Take a QR-enabled ad on a public wall, for example; how simple would it be for the “hacker” to simply slap a sticker of his nefarious QR code on top of yours?

JUST WONDERING … QR CAREFULLY

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