A QR code abbreviated from Quick Response code; which is used to grab details about something. It can be understood as a bar-code reader which scans and tells you information about any product despite they are a lot faster than them.
Due to fast retrieval they are been used in a lot of areas, for example website redirection. When you scan a QR code on a site it redirects you to another location, well the cyber criminals took advantage of this and have started to inject them with Malware which injects your smart phones or machines.
According to Kaspersky Labs recent findings, the cyber crooks have started tampering the QR codes which directs Android smart phones to some malicious website hosting an Android Trojan. This security threat was unrevealed previous month in Russia also when Android users downloaded an app called Jimmm, the Malware which sends SMS codes to a premium rate number.
Security researchers already predicted that these codes can be manipulated to provide security breaches. Extra security measures needs to be taken by the software vendors and mobile security providers to keep the users away from these contaminated sites and tricks.
A provisional fix to avoid getting spammed is to check if the code after scanning is asking for an SMS, if that’s so then it should not be entertained further.
via [Mobile Marketing Watch]