BlueBorne computer Virus

14 September 2017

Beware of the Bluetooth infection


Computer viruses have now become airborne, following the discovery of BlueBorne, a Bluetooth high-jacking infection which can jump between mobile, desktop and IoT systems, affecting Android, iOS, Windows and Linux.

Discovered by Armis Labs, a US IoT security company, BlueBorne allows attackers to take control of the devices it infects; without the user even knowing.

Unlike traditional cyber-attacks, it doesn’t require a user to click on a link, download a file or even be on the internet. It spreads locally over the air via Bluetooth and can jump between devices via your Bluetooth connection. It doesn’t even need to be paired to your phone to work.

If Bluetooth is turned on, then an attacker can connect to the device and take control; enabling them to spread malware and access data.

The only safe way to avoid infection is to turn your Bluetooth completely off.

According to Armis there are currently around 8.2 billion Bluetooth-enabled devices in the world today, meaning 8.2 billion potential access points for BlueBorne. Targets can range from small IoT devices (such as watches and sound systems) to phones, computers and even medical devices.

Consumers are advised to make sure their devices are up-to-date with the latest software. For further details  and to read this story in full visit:

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