Google warns about QR code fraud

The Barcode Scanner software, which can be downloaded for Android, was initially designed to scan barcodes and QR codes. Still, after a faulty update, the app was used as an unsolicited extra to help download viruses. The update, which has since been removed, displayed ads after scanning the code and prompted users to install other software on their phones.

It is unknown how many people have installed the faulty update, but Barcode Scanner is one of the most popular in its category, with more than 10 million downloads.

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The Barcode Scanner software is designed to scan barcodes and QR codes. It can be downloaded for Android devices.


Google is warning Android users who have downloaded a barcode scanning app to beware of fraudulent apps. The company’s security blog post said a new type of malware had been discovered that disguises itself as a QR code scanning app but actually aims to steal personal information from the phone.