In the last quarter of 2023, there was an unprecedented increase in the number of phishing attacks using QR codes on company executives, 42 times higher than the number of attacks on ordinary employees. This trend is a serious concern from a cybersecurity perspective.
The use of QR codes allows you to bypass traditional email security measures, as phishing messages with QR codes are often unsuspecting users and can easily reach their mailboxes. QR codes, which became widely used during the pandemic for contactless transactions, are now being used by attackers as a means of delivering malware.
Raise employee awareness of the potential risks associated with QR codes and how to use them safely.
The importance of implementing additional security measures, including advanced email filters and fraud detection systems.
The main purpose of the attacks is to steal the credentials of high-ranking employees, which can lead to significant financial losses and leakage of confidential information.
Criminals use QR codes to distribute malware, often disguising them as legitimate requests for multi-factor authentication or document sharing.
The rise of QR-code phishing attacks on company executives underscores the need for a comprehensive approach to cybersecurity that includes both technological protections and employee education. Companies need to proactively respond to these threats by adapting their security strategies to the ever-changing methods of cyberattacks.