Bluebugging: Imagine plugging in your headphones and knowing that anyone within ten meters of your device can hack into it and even listen in on your conversations. Recently, app developers around the world have expressed concern about smartphones being vulnerable to cyber attacks, as they found that any app that uses Bluetooth can record your data, such as Siri, phone calls, and text messages. .
What is ‘Bluebugging’
Bluebugging is a form of hacking where hackers access a user’s data through a Bluetooth connection. Once an attacker has hacked your device, it can listen in on your phone, read and send texts. The term “bluebugging” was coined in 2004 by a German researcher, Martin Herfurt, after he discovered how hackers targeted Bluetooth-equipped laptops. Later, hackers turned their attention to personal computers, smartwatches, smartphones and other Bluetooth devices.
How your device can be hacked? (How can your device be hacked?)
If your device’s Bluetooth is discoverable and you are within about 10 meters of the hacker, then your chances of becoming a victim of bluebugging hack increase. After successfully pairing with your device, the next step for hackers is often to install malware and perform brute force attacks to disable your device’s security features. Gaining access to your data should be simple once malware is installed.
how to be safe
1- If Bluetooth is not needed, turn it off.
2- Reject pairing requests from unidentified devices.
3- Make sure you pair it with a device for the first time at home and run the latest system version.
4- Give priority to high-quality VPN service.