Cybersecurity experts report alarming rise in quishing; how to avoid getting scammed

Check Point reports 587% spike in quishing

ByJason Knowles and Ann Pistone WLS logo
Saturday, November 25, 2023
QR code warning: Cybersecurity experts report alarming rise in 'quishing' scam
Cybersecurity experts are reporting an alarming spike in QR code phishing scams also known as quishing. Here's how to protect yourself.

A new QR code scam known as quishing is on the rise.

Cybersecurity experts at Check Point said there has been a 587% increase in quishing or phishing with QR codes.

Hackers use those codes to lure people to websites that can steal personal information, according to Check Point.

Steer clear of a QR code scam with these helpful tips:

-Think twice before giving out personal information after scanning.

-Decide whether you really need to use a QR code.

-You should also double check the URL after opening a webpage from a QR code.

-If you scan a menu's QR code and see it has nothing to do with the restaurant, exit the page immediately.

--You can also turn off the QR scanning feature on your phone to avoid accidental scans.