QR Code Viruses?
Mashable recently warned us of QR codes as potential security threats, citing an incident in Russia that tricked Android users into downloading malware that sent SMS codes to a premium rate number that charged for each message.
McAfee Online Security Analyst Robert Siciliano, said “It’s just hitting the radar in the security community,” he says, adding that it’s a “pretty brilliant scheme,” regarding such QR code Malware.
While consumers needn’t be overly cautious, it’s important to look for the warning signs and take precaution:
- An interim step between scanning the code and launching an app is a sure sign of s scam
- If a game is requesting SMS, it’s probably a scam
- Only scan QR codes from trusted advertisers
However, it’s important to note that QR codes themselves cannot be viruses, as they contain no executable data. They can merely point you to a place on the web that you could download a virus. Learn more about QR code “viruses” to make sure you’re in the QR know!