WAPjacking And The End Of Innocence

Here’s a new kind of cellphone scam (via Mike Masnick of Techdirt, writing in TheFeature): WAPjacking (well that’s what he calls it, and I like it): Taking a page from the still popular redialer scam on PCs – where a secretive trojan tries to disconnect your modem (assuming you’re using dialup) and reconnect you secretly …

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Bluetooth Security – The World Wakes Up?

The corporate world, it seems, is waking up to Bluetooth security issues. At the same time there is a growing slew of products to make them sleep safer. InfoSync World writes of new security software from Bluefire Security which “disables Bluetooth and Infrared communication to minimize the risk of information theft.” Bluefire Mobile Firewall Plus …

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Bluetooth, Women And Guerrilla Research

An interesting survey of Bluetooth, both in its results and methods, found by Gizmodo. The survey (PDF) was conducted by, as far as I can work out, something called Guerrilla Research using technology provided by Zero Sum (I can’t find out much more about these folk, and the PDF file doesn’t deliver up any clues). They seem to …

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Blind Dating By Bluetooth Goes Live

Further to my column on bluesnarfing, a Marseilles company called Kangourouge has launched a service which, as far as I can work out, uses the same sort of Bluetooth vulnerability catalogued by AL Digital and others, namely Bluejacking. It’s called ProxiDating (interestingly, Google doesn’t like the word and suggests ‘peroxidation’ instead, which is presumably the …

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The Dangers Of Snarf

Is Bluesnarfing something to worry about? Yes, according to an Austrian study. In the middle of last month a researcher at Salzburg’s Research Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, Martin Herfurt, set up a laptop and Bluetooth dongle near the public restrooms in Hall 11 at CeBIT, Europe‚Äôs biggest IT-exposition in Hannover. He then started to sniff for Bluetooth cellphones. …

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Bluetooth And The Art Of Sex

Is Bluetooth helping Brits meet each other and have sex? Apparently, according to WIRED, which reports on a new craze called ‘toothing’ (couldn’t they have come up with something sexier?). Toothing involves using the Bluetooth feature in a cellphone — used to transfer data between one Bluetooth device and another, without wires — to send …

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How Secure Is Bluetooth?

Could people use Bluetooth to access your phone and steal confidential data? Apparently, yes. A company specialising in security and encryption, London-based A.L. Digital Ltd, says it has discovered “serious flaws” in the way that some Bluetooth gadgets authenticate connect to other Bluetooth gadgets and share information. In two separate flaws, the company says: The SNARF …

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Update: More On Bluejacking

 Interesting discussion about Bluejacking — the new craze whereby folk send messages to unsuspected cellphone/PDA users across the room — on Slashdot. The impression I get is that parts of Europe have already been using the Bluetooth function on phones to spam other people for some time. One contributor says that in Copenhagen …every other …

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