Malicious QR Codes: Attack Methods & Techniques
As QR codes continue to gain popularity, malicious use cybercriminals will increase. The first malicious QR code detected by Kaspersky Lab researchers was in September 2011.
Why do consumers and marketers need to be aware of these malicious techniques? Because QR code adoption and usage in skyrocketing!
- The number of users scanning QR codes has grown by a whopping 300% from Q111-Q311.*
- More than half of these scanning QR codes in the US have an income greater than $75.000.**
- The number of items scanned has increased by 370% from Q111-Q311.*
- What's driving QR code adoption? Nearly 50% of the source of QR codes scanned are printed magazines or newspapers while 35.3% are product packages and 27.4% are website on a PC***: 1) Printed magazine or newspaper; 2)
Product packaging - 35.3%; 3) Website on PC - 27.4%. Percentages will not sum to 100% as users may select more than one source of QR codes to be scanned.
- 22.78% of scans are Android-based devices.**
- 51% of all QR codes scanned through devices supporting Android or Windows Mobile in Q311.**
* Source: QR Code Usage Stats for the Q3 2011, Veselin Nedeff. YouScan.me Blog. October 4, 2011, http://www.youscan.me/blog/statistics/qr-codes-usage-stats-for-the-q3-2011; ** Source: YouScanMe, Veselin Nedeff, November
2, 2011, http://www.youscan.me; *** Source: ComScore Mobile Qr Code Scanning Report, June 2011: http://www.comscore.com/Press_Events/Press_Releases/2011/8/14/14_Million_Americans_Scanned-QR-or_Bar_Codes_on_