QR Codes: Don’t Get “Clickjacked”
As QR codes continue to grow in popularity, cybercriminals are taking advantage. The practice of “clickjacking” is on the rise—cybercriminals place QR code stickers atop a legitimate QR code in order to trick users into going to a different website.
While sometimes the stickers are obvious, if you’re not paying close attention, you could easily end up at a spam website. Clickjackers have been known to place their QR codes on posters, signs and product packaging. In addition to placing QR code stickers atop legitimate QR codes, cybercriminals have even gone as far as to create their own legitimate looking posters with bad QR codes on them.
As of now, it’s impossible to tell where a QR code will take you until its scanned, but app developers are working on ways to solve this problem.
It’s a shame that just as the technology emerges, hackers are taking advantage and will possibly start to deter people from using QR codes.