lunes, 3 de octubre de 2011

QR codes used to infect Android users with malware

Most people already know what QR codes are: a new type of "barcode" that can be used for a variety of purposes - tracking, ticketing, labeling of products, and many more.

They can also be used for storing URLs, allowing users to scan them with their smartphones and be immediately directed to the URL in question on their device's browser - an ability that researcher Augusto Peryra recently claimed will be soon misused by cyber criminals to direct users to malware.

Less than a month later, Kaspersky Lab researcher Denis Maslennikov warns about a series of SMS Trojans for Android devices, one of which poses as an mobile ICQ client by the name of "JimmRussia". Once installed, the Trojanized app sends several text messages to a premium number, and the user gets billed $6 for each

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