The specialists in the sphere of cybersecurity warn about the danger of QR codes, which malefactors can use in connection with social engineering. Such schemes allow opening accounts of online banking users, emptying bank accounts of victims and also to install malicious programs and to be introduced into corporate systems.
Experts call QR codes an ideal vector of attack as many people trust them and underestimate their malicious potential. The research of the MobileIron company clearly traces the growing popularity of QR codes as one of the methods of attack. The specialists have interviewed more than 2100 clients and have found out interesting details concerning the use of QR codes.
For example, 71% of respondents can’t distinguish a malicious QR code from a harmless one. At the same time almost 17% have faced a situation, in which exactly such codes redirected their mobile devices to the suspicious sites.
According to the American Express data, in 2020 the analysts have noted the growth of popularity of QR codes. For example, 27% of the interviewed Americans and Brits have made transactions by means of these codes.
In this case the MobileIron team has found ten ways to crack the user’s mobile device by means of QR codes generated in a few seconds. For example, a potential attacker can get access to the list of contacts, e-mail, text messages, geolocation, crack your account in the bank system and much more.
MobileIron is convinced that QR codes are already a part of our life and that’s why it is important to consider their potential danger.