A New Threat is in Town: BlueBorne Bluetooth Attack

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BlueBorne Bluetooth Attack

What is BlueBorne?

BlueBorne has become the most advanced and innovative way of hacking another person’s smartphone or other device these days. It is a type of attack vector that facilitates cyber criminals to get hold of the user’s device without the consent of the user. The smartphone is attacked silently and the most distressing part about this hack is that the user’s smartphone does not have to be paired to the attacker’s smartphone. To make things even worse, BlueBorne attack provides a way of hacking where the ‘Discoverable’ mode need not be turned on.

 

An estimated figure of at least 5 billion Bluetooth enabled devices are open to this one of a kind threat. Recently, Armis lab, an Iot-focused security research firm presented a report which pointed out this colossal security vulnerability. The report says that BlueBorne Bluetooth attack is especially dangerous because of its enormity and that the loopholes provide hackers an easy route to remote code execution.

How to Tell if Your Device is Affected by BlueBorne?

  • Windows

All the systems that are running Windows Vista or the newer versions are reported to have been affected from this “Bluetooth Pineapple” threat. Using this vulnerability, the attacker has access to your device and is able to perform the Man-in-The-Middle attack (CVE-2017-8628).

  • iOS

This threat did not spare Apple as well. So all Apple devices running iOS 9.3.5 or earlier are affected as well. Whereas iOS 10 is said to be safe from this havoc.

  • Android

Of all the systems, Android is affected the most badly due to four different vulnerabilities. Two of those vulnerabilities allow remote code execution (CVE-2017-0781 and CVE-2017-0782), one results in information leak (CVE-2017-0785), while the other one allows the hacker to perform a Man-in-The-Middle attack (CVE-2017-0783).

Because of the sheer amount of mayhem caused to the Android system, Armis has released the BlueBorne Vulnerability Scanner app. You can download it from Play Store to check your device for this threat.

How to Protect your Bluetooth-Enabled Device from BlueBorne?

The BlueBorne for Windows, and Android, iOS can be put to a stop and you can protect your devices from this attack. Follow the steps below according to the device you want to secure.

  • Windows

We hope that you have recently updated your PC manually or have automatic updates enabled. This is so because Microsoft released a BlueBorne security patch on July 11 to safeguard the devices from these threats.

  • iOS

As long as you are using iOS 10, you are safe, but if you’re using any earlier version (9.3.5 or older), then at the moment, you are vulnerable to this threat until Apple decides to release a security patch.

  • Android

Just like other platforms, Google was quick to respond to this threat and released the security patch on August 7. While it became available to users on September 4. In order to check if you have access to this security patch, head over to Settings. Go to About Device. Click on System Updates. This will check if your vendor has rolled out the security patch for the month of September. If you see that the patch is out, install it quickly to protect your device.

 

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