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Security threats raise concerns about Bluetooth

by Marianna Schmudlach / May 12, 2004 3:04 AM PDT

Source: Computerworld
Date Written: May 10, 2004
Date Collected: May 11, 2004

Information technology managers are tightening controls on Bluetooth-enabled devices on their networks as vendors recommend that users guard such devices as they would a wireless network. Mortgage lender HomeBanc discovered that laptops being prepared for remote workers came with Bluetooth transmitters activated as a default setting. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) plans to outline the dangers of 'bluesnarfing' and 'bluejacking' attacks, to describe available patches, and to announce initiatives to make Bluetooth more secure. An SIG spokesman argues that only a small number of Sony Ericsson and Nokia cell phones are vulnerable to bluesnarfing, and that Bluetooth is one of the most secure forms of wireless given its short transmission range and 128-bit encryption. IT managers may have a hard time controlling Bluetooth proliferation in their offices, since it is included on such devices as cell phones, which are controlled by employees rather than the company. Many IT managers are unaware of Bluetooth's widespread use.


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