Hackers Elevate Phishing with QR Codes: A New Threat Emerges
Quishing Emails Leveraging QR Codes Exploiting Mobile Vulnerabilities
Phishing attacks continue to rank as the number one threat vector for many malicious actors, given the ubiquity of email in both personal and professional environments and the minimal cost associated with sending out phishing emails. These campaigns often employ sophisticated tactics, impersonating trusted brands or individuals to create a sense of urgency. This urgency may manifest as a time-limited discount offer, threats of account termination, or false notifications of pending deliveries.
The overarching objective of phishing attacks remains consistent: to dupe victims into granting attackers access to their accounts or endpoints. This can be achieved through the surreptitious download and execution of malware or by coaxing victims into divulging their login credentials via cunningly crafted phishing landing pages. The incorporation of QR codes adds a new layer of deception to these cyberattacks, making it imperative for individuals and organizations to remain vigilant and informed about the evolving threat landscape.