Create Malicious QR Codes to Hack Phones & Other Scanners

QR codes are everywhere, from product packaging to airline boarding passes, making the scanners that read them a juicy target for hackers. Thanks to flaws in many of these proprietary scanning devices, it's possible to exploit common vulnerabilities using exploits packed into custom QR codes. A tool called QRGen can create malicious QR codes and even encode custom-made payloads. These attacks are potent because humans can't read or understand the information contained in a QR code without scanning it, potentially exposing any device used to attempt to decipher the code to the exploit... more