QR code spam threat rises as most device users remain fully unaware

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New research shows that 74 percent of internet users have no idea of the risks from quick response codes. Seventy four percent of internet users have absolutely no idea that QR code spam exists, according to a G.M.X. commissioned survey. This lack of awareness has occurred despite the fact that the problem is becoming worse. Security experts from G.M.X., a European email provider, has detected a stark rise in the amount of QR code spam. The survey was commissioned in order to better understand whether or not device users understand…

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3 Steps To Protect Yourself From Malicious QR Codes

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Ninety-one percent of American adults own a cell phone, and 56 percent own a smartphone as of May 2013, according to Pew Internet Project research. Compare that against the 43 percent who report using QR codes for discounts, 23 percent who use QR codes to purchase an item and 18 percent who report using QR codes to learn more about a brand, details the Chadwick Martin Bailey Consumer Report, and you have a major activity rife for exploitation. QR codes are increasingly common, but they leave opportunities for malicious software…

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Mobile commerce is growing and so should security

Editorial – Mobile commerce and security should go hand-in-hand Mobile technology has become an integral part of society. People around the world are using their smartphones and tablets to connect to one another in a dynamic way. These devices are also being used by people to connect with businesses, creating new ways to shop and purchase products. The advent of mobile technology has led to the emergence of mobile commerce. While mobile commerce has been met with favor from people the world over, it is not a paradise free from…

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QR codes are infecting devices with Trojans

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There are a number of fake Android games that are leading to Boxer variant infections. According to a recent report from researchers, a range of different fake game downloads in conjunction with strategically placed QR codes have been infecting Android device users with a variant of Boxer called Trojan.AndroidOS.Generic.A. That virus has been created to send text messages from infected devices to premium numbers. The researchers who conducted this study were from ThreatTrack Security Labs and were able to come across a website that was hosting artificial Android apps that…

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QR codes used to hack Google Glass

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Hackers use QR codes to access Glass Google’s ambitious augmented reality glasses have yet to be officially launched to the general public and they have already been hacked. Google’s Glass has managed to gain a great deal of support among tech-savvy consumers due to its innovative features and use of augmented reality. Glass allows people to literally see the world in a different way, utilizing cameras to capture visual information and augmented reality to enhance and change what users see. Despite the high-tech nature of Glass, it has been hacked…

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