IT Empathy ® Podcast Season 1, Episode 4: QR Code Cyber Attacks


IT Empathy ® Podcast Season 1, Episode 4

QR Code Cyber attacks

Hosted by Jon Bailey, IT Empathy ®

Published • 7th October 2023

This IT Empathy ® podcast is designed to help raise public awareness of the significant cybersecurity risks associated with QR Code Cyber Attacks

1. Introduction.

Welcome to the IT Empathy ® podcast: https://www.itempathy.com/podcast

About IT Empathy ®: https://www.itempathy.com/about

2. What is a QR code?

A brief history of QR codes via Microsoft: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365-life-hacks/privacy-and-safety/brief-history-qr-codes

Scan a QR code with your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch via Apple: https://support.apple.com/en-gb/102680

How to scan a QR code with Camera on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch via Apple Support : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nr0LeGZ5XdY

Scan QR codes on Camera via Google: https://support.google.com/camerafromgoogle/answer/12033278?hl=en

Marketing With QR Codes via Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesagencycouncil/2022/09/21/marketing-with-qr-codes/?sh=267bebe473bf

What are QR codes and are they safe to use? via Which: https://www.which.co.uk/news/article/what-are-qr-codes-and-are-they-safe-to-use-anqO73P1dUDd

How do QR codes work and what makes them dangerous via Fast Company: https://www.fastcompany.com/90740485/how-do-qr-codes-work-and-what-makes-them-dangerous

3. What is a QR Cyber-attack?

QR Codes: A Growing Vulnerability to Cybercrimes via Infosecurity Magazine: https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/opinions/qr-codes-vulnerability-cybercrimes/

QR Code 101: What the Threats Look Like via via Darkreading: https://www.darkreading.com/threat-intelligence/qr-code-101-what-threats

US Energy Firm Targeted With Malicious QR Codes in Mass Phishing Attack via Wired: https://www.darkreading.com/threat-intelligence/qr-code-101-what-threats

What is Quishing (QR Phishing)? via Check Point: https://www.checkpoint.com/cyber-hub/threat-prevention/what-is-phishing/what-is-quishing-qr-phishing/

Thornaby: Woman targeted in £13k railway station QR code scam via BBC News: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tees-67335952

Newcastle City Council issues warning over QR code scam via BBC News: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-67495975

QR code scams: Protecting your money and data via Santander: https://www.santander.com/en/stories/qr-code-scam

Drivers warned about new QR code scam that tricks you when you pay for parking via Wales Online: https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/uk-news/drivers-warned-new-qr-code-27449550

QR code phishing tricks you into giving away personal information. Think before you scan. Is the QR code part of the display? Preview the QR codes URL before opening the link and study what it asks you to do. via Northern Railway: https://www.northernrailway.co.uk/about-us/cyber-security

4. Mitigations?

4.1 Raising awareness is key!

4.2 Are there any tech solutions for this?

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