Once you have the freedom of being the sole owner of your money, it’s now your responsibility to ensure the… More researchers have uncovered nine websites that are using malicious QR codes to scam users of their BTC.
Amid the current chaotic global situation, hackers are inventing new ways to steal BTC from users. A recently uncovered QR code method stole some $45,000 from individuals during the month of March.
Malicious QR Codes
QR codes remain a popular way to transact BTC, but some security researchers are sounding the alarms and telling users to be cautious.
According to findings uncovered by security researcher Harry Denley, nine websites have been exploring QR codes to steal funds. [Hot For Security] These sites create QR codes for users with addresses. However, the fake QR codes generated actually end up enriching the websites and are a hoax. Thus far, they have stolen around $45,000 worth of BTC during the month of March.
The sites are as follows:
There is no reason for users to rely on third-party sites to create QR codes. It can easily be done in most Bitcoin wallets, so this risk can easily be avoided.
Other It’s no secret that the realm of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency are still in a bit of a “Wild West” phase…. More include “Bitcoin transaction accelerators,” which have used a similar tactic. Altogether, the study finds, these accelerators have stolen some 15 BTC so far from users, which comes out to around $100,000 at the time of writing.
Scams Run Rampant
Scams continue to cause a headache for those of us in the cryptocurrency space, so users should always be on alert.
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