As QR codes have now entered mainstream usage, it is nor surprising that hackers have utilized them as a means of gaining access to your personal information and/or access to business data.
A recently discovered phishing campaign leveraged QR codes as a means to bypass malicious link detection mechanisms. This use of QR codes in phishing activity is not an entirely novel concept, although Abnormal Security, whose researcher uncovered the campaign, did say that this campaign represented a bit of an evolution of the technique.
Threat actors have used fake QR codes in the past — QR code images that are actual hyperlinks to a phishing site — and we’ve seen actors use QR codes out in the real world to try and get people to go to a malicious website, but this is the first time we’ve seen an actor embed a functional QR code into an email.
The Better Business Bureau issued an alert regarding fraudulent QR codes recently.
Helix22 prevents any data exfiltration due to credentials or information theft. Even if logging in with registered user names and passwords, data is still protected.
In the most common phishing approach you receive an email, a direct message on social media, a text message, a flyer, or a piece of mail that includes a QR code. You are supposed to scan the code with your phone’s camera, and it will open a link. In some scams, the QR code takes you to a phishing website, where you are prompted to enter your personal information or login credentials for scammers to steal. Other times, con artists use QR codes to automatically launch payment apps or follow a malicious social media account.
These scams differ greatly, but they all have one thing in common. Scammers hope you will scan the code right away, without taking a closer look. QR codes often appear to come from legitimate sources, so make sure any correspondence is legitimate before you scan the code.
Phishing is a common way for cybercriminals to dupe people through socially-engineered emails into giving up their credentials to online accounts that can store sensitive data. Phishers use these emails—which sometimes fool people by impersonating a trusted company, application or institution–to direct people to specially crafted phishing sites so they can enter credentials, thinking they are doing so for a legitimate reason
Phishing is often a gateway into other criminal activity; phishers sell credentials obtained through campaigns on the dark web, and they can be used by ransomware gangs as an entry point into networks to deliver ransomware attacks, among other nefarious activity.
Helix22 cannot prevent phishing attacks nor can it prevent users or employees from falling for them. What we can prevent though is the loss of any data when phishing attacks are successful in collecting compromising information.
The Helix22 offers 100% data security on your firms data while it is at rest, in use or in transit. It also works on every CSP and on any device or in any programming language.
Here is how HELIX22 works.
BLAKFX provides Device-2-Device (D2D) Encryption with multi-patented DNA BindingTM cryptography that embeds with the data itself. The key exchange originates on an encrypted device (not in software or an app) and is augmented with a genuine “zero-knowledge” universal key server. The recipients device must have Helix22 installed in order to exfiltrate the data. Therefore, we offer perfect data security with 100% compliance, in your control, at all times. This of course is the optimal scenario. Your firm controls full control over access to your data sets at all time.
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With Helix22, this means that data is protected on your infrastructure, on a CSP and is 100% compliant. Also, it means that no other service provider or 3rd party will be able to access data or have it breached. Compliance is controlled also 100% by your frim as all the keys are in your possession and/or generated by the BLAKFX key serer, which is 100% zero-knowledge.
What we understand better than anyone else is the new era of data security is one that requires new solutions. At BLAKFX, we understand that protection of your data requires that it be protected wherever it is. Whether on the cloud, in transit on a foreign network or on a trusted suppliers system. Data security cannot just be about protecting your own systems. Therefore, we know that the era of perimeter defenses is over as it is proving impossible to keep hackers from breaching the perimeter and accessing data. Also, E2E encryption based on old models of RSA cryptography will be obsolete when quantum computing becomes more widespread.
Helix22 delivers perfect security assurance due to our genius engineering team that has invented a new model for data security that required an innovative look at the problem. The approach we took was to protect the data itself. Almost all other data security products attempt to build a perimeter or being fanatic on user credentials. However, once the product is breached or a password is stolen, even if it is 2FA or encrypted, your firms data is in the clear.
You see, the Helix22 cryptography is embedded with the data itself through our inventive and multi-patented process of DNA BindingTM. Therefore, even if credentials are stolen the data cannot be exfiltrated. This means that all data is 100% protected regardless of the type of attack.
Another substantial advantage of Helix22, is that it protects all data whether at rest, in use or in transit. All communication apps for example, only encrypt data while in transit. Therefore, that encryption become useless for internal IT security or Artificial Intelligence or Machine Learning experimentation. All data generated during these massive computing exercises is equally protected in real time. Plus, the latency period for the Helix22 is exponentially less than any other security product, so it actually contributes to faster processing times.
The Helix22 is easy to install and runs on all platforms, programming languages, networks and devices.
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In this protocol, we are truly a “zero-knowledge” server so your private communications and transmissions remain completely top secret. Even in the event that BLAKFX were subpoenaed, we can honor the request by just handing over the encrypted content…as that is literally all we have. Helix22 also only use keys just one-time and then destroys them. This way the data security is future forward prefect. Therefore, in our unique user-to-user encryption (U2U) world, there is no opportunity ever for any data leak.
The Helix22 data security SDK accomplishes the following:
- Protects all your firms data at rest, in use and in transit
- Renders ransomware threats obsolete
- Eliminates human error
- Eliminates all malicious or interior attacks
- Verifies original content i.e. minimizes the threat of impersonation attacks and deep fakes
- Reduces latency
- Installs with 5 lines of code
- Runs on any platform, network, device and in any programming language
- Provides perfect future/forward secrecy
- Delivers “zero-knowledge” encryption
- Compatible with all cloud, 3rd party and vendor services
- Enables Internet of Things data security by providing protection at the Edge and ultra low latency
- Ensures privacy and security for blockchain and all cryptocurrency transactions
- Is quantum ready – so there’s no need to upgrade when the time comes
- Requires no employee training
- Exceeds all gov’t and banking standards
- Meets all international compliance regulations
We can make all these claims as the tech engineers at BLAKFX invented and patented a genuine device2device (D2D) encryption. We manage data security transmission through the truly brilliant and also patented universal Helix22 key service. The Helix22 encryption originates on your network or device, not just when the app is opened. This means, that when data arrives to our key server, it is already encrypted so all it needs to do is issue another key. Signal and Telegram cannot claim this level of security. This key will then only work with the intended device, which generates a matching key required to open the data. In this protocol, we are truly a “zero-knowledge” server so your communications and transmissions remain completely top secret. Even in the event that BLAKFX were subpoenaed, we can honor the request by just handing over the encrypted content…as that is literally all we have. Helix22 also only use keys just one-time and then destroys them. This way the data security is future forward prefect. Therefore, in our unique device-2-device (D2D) world, there is no opportunity at all for any data leak.
This same protocol just described, can be the same with all your 3rd party vendors and suppliers. It does not matter in the least what platform they are running or what device they are using or even the type of data, it is all 100% protected. We do however, strongly advise that all firms involved be utilizing Helix22 due to the nature of the data content. Helix22 can ensure that whatever data they are generating is protected as well.
Let’s take it a step further. Even if your organization were a victim of phishing, an internal attack or a victim of malicious open source downloads, there is no reason for concern. Any data that has been forwarded, downloaded, copied or saved cannot be exfiltrated. Period. We have the technology industries foremost data packets which are protected with multi-layered, military grade encryption algorithms that have already proven the ability to withstand penetration testing from MI5 and quantum computing attacks.
One final practical genius of DNA BindingTM is in that it is immediately compatible with whichever system or software you are utilizing. Therefore, any organization can forward information to another and then discuss it and there is immediate privacy.
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Our founders, Robert Statica PhD and Kara Coppa, also founded Wickr, which is used by the US military and has never been hacked since its inception in 2012. The Helix22 data security SDK is several generations enhanced since then. Dr. Statica also delivered the encryption for the world’s most secure phone, Katim.
Founder – Robert Statica PhD Founder – Kara Coppa Founder – Alex Maslov MS, MBA
Co-Founders of Wickr KatimTM Ultra Secure Smartphone
Finally, the Helix22 encryption is quantum computing ready so no need to redo all your data security methodologies in a couple of years when everything else becomes obsolete.
We like to refer to Helix22 as “22nd Century Data Security.”
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