It seems that no matter what the technology is, hackers have to come along and ruin it with malware in an attempt to cheat unsuspecting users out of their hard earned money. Smartphone technologies seem to be of particular interest for cyber criminals in 2012 and 2013. Everything from bluetooth to NFC has already been abused, and in some cases it’s better to not even use the technology anymore because the danger is so high.
Hackers have apparently gone so far that they are using non-technical means to peddle their malware infected sites. A new and growing trend seems to be the placement of malicious QR codes in high-traffic areas. These codes can either be placed near legitimate advertisements or used as stand-alone ads. QR code users will then use the QR codes to load a webpage — not knowing that the code took them to a site that infects their device with malware or brings them to a phishing site in an attempt to steal identities.
It just goes to show the lengths and high payoffs that criminals get from cyber crimes. If you thought malware was bad in 2012, just wait ’till next year!