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Here Is One More Reason Why You Should 'Always' Turn Off Your Bluetooth When Not In Use.

The reason?
Blueborne! A set of 8 zero-day bugs that put Bluetooth-capable devices at the risk of being compromised.
How scary is this? And can it:
View all files saved on the device? Sure
Turn on the camera? Easy peasy, it can even eavesdrop on meetings and monitor conversations without anyone else knowing.
Install malware? Not a problem!
These bugs allow attackers to take control of your device, steal confidential data, perform remote code execution and MITM attacks, and spread malware to nearby devices.

One of the scariest parts is that it could attack your device simply by turning on your Bluetooth. In other words, the Bluetooth on your device doesn’t need to be discoverable or paired before it can be attacked.
In the words of the researchers:

“The BlueBorne attack vector requires no user interaction, is compatible to all software versions, and does not require any preconditions or configurations aside of the Bluetooth being active,”

So, can your devices be affected?

 
As a matter of fact:
•All Android devices are vulnerable to this attack except for those using Bluetooth Low Energy.
•All Windows computers running Vista or newer.
• All Linux and Linux-based systems like Tizen and webOS using the BlueZ stack and running kernel version 3.3-rc1 or newer
• All iOS devices running iOS 9 or older.
To protect your devices, install the latest security updates. If you don’t have access to that, make sure that the Bluetooth on your device isn’t enabled when not needed.

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6 comments on “Here Is One More Reason Why You Should 'Always' Turn Off Your Bluetooth When Not In Use.

  1. Emerson says:

    Vista or newer? And Microsoft says we’re protected by updating to the latest available version of windows. Thank you I’ll stick to my XP which is awesome in case you’re wondering. For my Android phones…those kind of shit don’t work in Nigeria thankfully.

  2. Rosy Omeje says:

    Huh??? All these just cause my bluetooth is not turned off often??
    That’s bad!!!

  3. ỌBÁDÁRÀ says:

    … WELL, THANKS FOR TGE INFO.
    FOR NOW, I DON’T HAVE ANY INFO THAT CSN BE STOLEN FOR ANYTHING. UTS ONE OF TGE REASONS I DON’T LOCK ANY OF MY DEVICES. RENDERING THE PHONE 📱 BUG FILLED IS A REAL THREAT THOUGH. BUT SINCERELY, WHY SHOULD SOMEONE ‘SANE’ TURN ON BLUETOOTH WHEN NOT USING IT? IT SHOULD BE OFF AT LEAST FOR BATTERY’S 🔋SAKE…

  4. KingAbsolute says:

    Me that feels strange whenever I leave my Bluetooth on. Its always gonna be switched off when not in use.

  5. Kenny says:

    Thank you for this. I always turn off my Bluetooth to conserve battery life but this is another reason to.

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