Hackers have a new way to hack wirelessly your mobile phone via your Bluetooth connection. The Bluetooth hacking technique is called “Bluetooth sniping” and only requires a custom antenna to gain access to your data.
It’s becoming very clear that your cellphone is not as secure as initially many people thought. In just the past few months, both Paris Hilton and Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst’s T-Mobile Sidekick cellphones have been hacked exposing dozens of sex photos, celebrity phone numbers and even a celebrity sex video with Durst.
Although social engineering was most likely the hacking method used in both of Durst and Hilton’s hacks, wireless hackers have a new technique called Bluetooth sniping that might make hacking your mobile phone easier than ever.
Bluetooth Sniping Stunt At Academy Awards Exposes Serious Bluetooth Vulnerability
Bluetooth has been almost universally accepted as a new wireless communication standard and has resulted in the proliferation of consumer Bluetooth devices. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), the advocate group for Bluetooth technology, says that their communication technology is completely safe from hackers.
However, the team at Flexilis, a Los Angeles-based wireless think-tank, disagrees with the Bluetooth SIG’s security assessment. And they are making their point loud and clear with a giant Bluetooth sniper rifle capable of capturing your Bluetooth signals.
In a brilliant publicity stunt, the team at Flexilis used their Bluetooth sniping capabilities to scan celebrity cell phones at the 2005 Academy Awards. Flexilis had privately notified Nokia of the Bluetooth security flaw, but after Nokia failed to address the vulnerability, Flexilis forced the issue with the stunt. Nokia quickly announced that it would patch the flaw after all of the negative publicity.
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Frank Wilson is a retired teacher with over 30 years of combined experience in the education, small business technology, and real estate business. He now blogs as a hobby and spends most days tinkering with old computers. Wilson is passionate about tech, enjoys fishing, and loves drinking beer.