Help, help, I'm under attag

    Date03 Oct 2011
    CategoryHacks/Cracks
    2465
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Russian VXers have begun using obnoxious barcode-on-steroids QR codes as a launchpad for mobile malware. A recently identified malicious Quick Response code on a Russian website links through a series of redirections to a site punting a Trojan version of the Jimm mobile ICQ client. Android users who follow the links and install the application will be infected with a nasty that sends text messages to premium-rate SMS numbers, net security firm Kaspersky warns.

    Tricking users into scanning QR codes, which can encode URLs into barcode-like squares, to lure them into installing malicious applications on smartphones is a new threat, dubbed "Attaging" (Attack Tagging). Technically speaking whether a user follows a link in a browser or follows a QR code to reach the same location is no different, apart from the fact users might be more trusting about a non-human-readable QR code than a conventional URL.

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