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Friday Squid Blogging: Influencer Accidentally Posts Restaurant Table QR Ordering Code

Friday Squid Blogging: Influencer Accidentally Posts Restaurant Table QR Ordering Code

In a rare security incident involving squids, an influencer in China inadvertently shared the QR code for a restaurant’s table ordering system on social media. The woman, known only as Wang, was dining with friends at a hotpot restaurant in Kunming when she posted a photo of the food spread on the Chinese platform WeChat. Unbeknownst to her, the QR code on the table was also captured in the photo, allowing others to add a large number of items to her order.

Despite the photo being shared only with her WeChat friends, numerous people used the QR code to include a staggering amount of food in Wang’s order. She was astonished to discover that her meal now consisted of 1,850 orders of duck blood, 2,580 orders of squid, and a mind-boggling 9,990 orders of shrimp paste.

This incident highlights the importance of operational security, even in seemingly innocuous situations like sharing food pictures on social media. It serves as a reminder to be mindful of any sensitive information that may inadvertently be included in such posts.

As always, this squid post can also be used to discuss other security stories not covered in this article.

For more information, you can refer to Bruce Schneier’s blog posting guidelines here.

Posted on December 8, 2023 at 5:03 PM
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Key points:
1. An influencer in China unintentionally shared a restaurant’s table QR ordering code on social media while posting a photo of her meal.
2. The QR code allowed others to add a significant amount of food to her order, leading to a massive increase in the number of items.
3. This incident highlights the importance of operational security and being mindful of sensitive information when sharing content online.
4. It serves as a reminder that even seemingly harmless actions like sharing food photos can have unintended consequences.
5. Readers are encouraged to discuss other security stories and can refer to Bruce Schneier’s blog posting guidelines for more information.

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