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Turn on your Bluetooth, security experts warn

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The Bluetooth connection is insecure. Very, very friendly. That’s the message coming out of the largest hacker conventions.

Bluetooth is a wireless technology to connect all of the wireless earphone, in-car entertainment systems, hacker’s heaven.

It’s bad enough that the participants in the hacker’s convention DEF CON are advised to get the Bluetooth to turn off, as is stated in the report of the Safety and security Boulevard, and always with a perfect document.

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“People will be able to track you with Bluetooth-enabled devices. The problem is, it is a chronic devices such as headsets and fitness trackers,” said Security Boulevard, in a post entitled, “how to Secure the devices to DEFCON,” in addition to that, many Bluetooth devices can be seen to have gaping holes that are just waiting to be hacked.”

A file photo of A Bluetooth logo is seen at the 2013 International CES at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 8, 2013 in Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada.
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The recent BUTTON is to attack, stated on Aug. 13 is an example of how insecure Bluetooth connections can be used. The ‘serious’ vulnerability in the Bluetooth specification, which could allow an attacker to alter the contents of nearby Bluetooth devices, according to a web page that is on the attack.

If you use the Bluetooth to play music or audio files, the risk is small, said Adam Kujawa, director at Malwarebytes Labs, on Fox News.

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“When you turn it on for other things, such as the transmission of the data, discussion,…, the probability that an attack could result in a damage increase, but I don’t think that this boosts the likelihood of being attacked,” he said.

Most of the tools in order to hack into his term, ” he said.

“In addition, the skills that are needed in order to launch this type of attack, at least in the intermediate region,” he said.

However, Jake Kouns, chief information security officer at Risk Based Security, said that the big picture is less optimistic.

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“The widespread use of Bluetooth technology means that a single vulnerability can have a devastating impact on an ever-expanding list of devices,” he said in an e-mail to Fox News.

“What’s the problem worsens, a lot of Bluetooth-enabled consumer devices are not typically easy to update and, in some cases, it may not be updated,” he said, so they are forever vulnerable to attacks.

However, it is convenient to turn off your Bluetooth every time after you use it for?

“Every time I hear the advice to get the Bluetooth to turn it off, it feels like a bit of dirt on the surface, if there is a better option,” Kouns said.

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“But, to be realistic, and unfortunately, in a lot of cases, turning off Bluetooth is the best of the match,” he added.

One thing to keep in mind, Kouns said, ” is that a lot of consumer devices have to have Bluetooth turned on for the one-time setup procedure. After that, the Bluetooth cannot be turned off.

The problem is, when a device is in a Bluetooth connection is turned on all the time.

“Of Bluetooth headsets, fitness trackers and a smartwatch are just a couple of examples, that is usually a Bluetooth-enabled all of the time, the real-time data to synchronize, including the receipt of alerts and messages,” Kouns said.

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Be aware of any devices using Bluetooth, he said. Often, consumers don’t have any idea what are the devices by means of Bluetooth, and that is to have access to confidential information, according to Kouns.

“The development of Bluetooth wireless technology, focused on functionality and extending the use of safety and security,” Malwarebytes Labs ” Kujawa said.

However, this is likely to change in the future, ” he said.

An attempt by Fox News to get a comment from the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, the industry organization that oversees the Bluetooth technology, it was a failure.

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Founded in 1998, the Bluetooth SIG consists of more than 35,000 member companies, according to its web site.

Fox News’ James Rogers contributed to this article.

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