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“Don’t scan in­fected QR codes!”

Global Times – Metro Shanghai - - PULSE -

Shang­hai metro law en­force­ment asked com­muters to re­port QR code scan­ning so­lic­i­tors seen in the sub­way to their hot line 6437-0000. Mar­ket­ing em­ploy­ees usu­ally prey on metro com­muters, ask­ing them to scan a QR code to follow their com­pany’s WeChat. But of­fi­cers warned of po­ten­tial viruses that can in­fect mo­bile phones after scan­ning a ma­li­cious QR code. Ac­cord­ing to reg­u­la­tions, ad­ver­tis­ers and so­lic­i­tors are not al­lowed on the sub­way, though en­force­ment is of­ten lax.

Il­lus­tra­tions: Chen Xia/GT

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