Announcement of 23. June 2016

Microsoft redesigns error messages in the event of crashes in Windows 10

QR code with link to help page intended to come to the aid of users, but also offers potential attack methods for cyber criminals.

Every Windows user is familiar with the blue screen when the operating system runs into an error. This "Blue Screen of Death" (in short: BSOD) is set to be redesigned in the forthcoming Windows 10 summer update. A QR code is expected to give users the possibility of being able to search for the reason for the blue screen in the Microsoft help pages. However, besides a number of advantages, cyber criminals can also abuse this new technology. Experts at G DATA SecurityLabs have assessed the situation.

Here is the assessment from the experts at G DATA SecurityLabs.

Use QR codes securely:

  • QR codes should be treated with a healthy degree of caution – as should conventional links.
  • A powerful scanner such as G DATA QR Code Scanner can check the code in advance and protect users from cyber attacks.

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Announcement of 23. June 2016

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