nwlinux writes "QR codes are a great marketing tool for those who want a little more innovation to their campaign. These codes have been in use since 1994, when the Japanese created them. However, a major problem still exists – reading them safely. The shipping business was one of the first to begin using them on a wide scale as a tool to inventory and track packages. As QR codes became mainstream in social media and advertising, those with malicious intentions created codes that helped spread malware.
Unfortunately, Android based mobile phones are more prone to security breaches from malicious QR codes. Because of the open-source nature of the Android platform, hackers have found more unique ways of tapping into the code and execution pathways. According to Security firm McAffee, the dominant security risks for mobile platforms includes Android and Java technologies"
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