Have you recently participated in an online webinar, paid for products and services, or taken your family to a nice restaurant? You might have been the victim of a new cyber trend. Since the pandemic, many establishments have implemented what is known to be quick response codes, or QR codes. These codes are convenient and easy to use, while also providing a more sanitary experience for the user.
Because of the pandemic, many businesses have implemented the use of QR Codes to provide customers with a touchless experience which includes customer payment methods. There have been various cases that have been reported where QR codes have been tampered with, resulting in the theft of personal and financial information.
When an individual scans a QR code, they can be sent to a malicious website or launch a payment app. These codes are not scanned for malicious activity by all email security platforms and filters. QR codes have created new opportunities for hackers, giving them the ability to tamper with QR codes to mislead victims and direct them to malicious websites while stealing their personal and financial information.