Quebec politicians’ QR codes hacked

According to the Quebec Ministry of Health, the police have received complaints after politicians’ COVID-19 vaccine passport information was hacked. Notable victims include Premier François Legault and Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante.

The vaccine passport’s QR codes are scannable codes that have a person’s name, date of birth, and information about the vaccinations they have received.

Even with the QR code’s questionable security, Health Minister Christian Dubé wrote a post on Twitter to insist that the QR codes are safe.

“The QR code and the personal information it contains cannot be used without the consent of the individuals,” Christian Dubé said. “Violators are subject to civil/criminal prosecution.”

On September 1, the vaccine passport will be set in place. It will be needed for non-essential services and activities that include restaurants, bars, festivals, gyms, and movie theatres.

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