Hackers Elevate Phishing with QR Codes: A New Threat Emerges
Quishing Emails Leveraging QR Codes Exploiting Mobile Vulnerabilities
In the ever-evolving landscape of cyber threats, a new breed of phishing emails has emerged, employing QR codes as hackers seek to maximize the impact of their campaigns. A recent report from cybersecurity experts at SecurityHQ has noted a “significant increase” in the prevalence of these “quishing” emails over the past couple of months.
The modus operandi behind these emails is deceptively simple. Most contemporary email service providers have established effective filters for detecting and blocking emails with malicious URLs. However, these filters aren’t as robust on mobile platforms, and they lack the capability to scan QR codes, making this a unique vulnerability ripe for exploitation by hackers.