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Malicious QR code used for spreading Android malware

07
Oct
2011

Android malware writers have found a new and convient way of delivering malwares to the customers. And that way is nothing but using the malicious QR codes.

QR (Quick Response) codes are nothing but a type of a matrix barcode, which contains the encoded form of data.It can also be used to store the URL information.

Most of the people look for new software for their devices with the help of desktop PCs.
So instead of typing a whole URL in the smartphone browser the websites have QR codes which can be easily scanned.

The new Trojan has been found on some malicious sites using the malicious QR code.
When users scan the QR code with their mobile phones, the code redirects them to a site that will install a Trojan on their phones. Once installed, the Trojan will send a number of SMS messages to premium-rate numbers.

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While installation it asks the user for below permissions

Malware send SMS messages to the premium rate numbers.

Quick Heal Mobile Security detects the file as TrojanSMS.AndroidOS.Jifake.f.

We kindly request the users to avoid scanning the QR codes from untrusted websites.

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