Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Bluesnarfing and Bluebugging Bluetooth

Connection Blues
A hole for external control of Bluetooth devices
From "Scientific American"
By Wendy M. Grossman

My mobile phone, lying on the table in front of me, flashes "Connecting" a couple of times and then falls back to blank normality. Adam Laurie looks up from his laptop and says, "Do you have a phone book entry 'marca03?' "

Yes, I do.

Laurie, a security expert, co-organizer of the annual hacker conference Defcon and head of the London-based data security company AL Digital, has just Bluesnarfed my phone. That is, he's hacked my phone's Bluetooth connection to demonstrate that he can access my information without my knowledge or consent.

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