Now scam is happening through QR code, scammers are targeting businesses

QR Scam: Check Point's report has revealed that hackers have developed a new QR code phishing strategy. These QR code routing attacks use personalized templates for each organization which makes it easier for people to believe the phishing attempt and makes it more dangerous. Let's know about it in detail.

Jun 8, 2024 - 13:20
Now scam is happening through QR code, scammers are targeting businesses

Cyber ​​security firm Check Point has identified a new and worrying method of phishing attacks using QR codes. This technique is called a 'Conditional QR Code Routing Attack'.

It involves creating custom templates for each target organization. This makes each personalized attack unique and more deceptive. Here we will explain how this scam works and how you can stay safe from it.

How the scam works:

  • In this phishing attempt, criminals send an email informing users that their account's authentication has ended.
  • The receiver is notified of probable disruptions to their email service unless they re-authenticate quickly. It emphasizes immediate action.
  • To add credibility, the email includes the target organization's logo and personal information. This makes people easy to fool.
  • Scanning the attached QR code takes victims to a fraudulent website that steals login credentials.
  • People fell for it without double-checking. Scanning such codes on a mobile device may expose users to major security risks.

How to stay safe:

  • To protect themselves, users should be wary of emails that demand instant action or seem different from the norm.
  • Verifying the sender's email address and checking for typos or grammatical errors helps you identify a phishing attempt.
  • As QR code phishing tactics evolve and become more personalized, businesses are asked to be more vigilant.
Muskan Kumawat Journalist & Writer