Security is one of the most important topics we discuss here at Android Unfiltered. Just ask the folks at Equifax, if you don’t believe me.
And now, according to the security firm, Armis Labs, there’s yet another risk we need to look out for. The new vulnerability, known simply as BlueBorne, is a major threat to just about anyone using any type of modern technology.
How BlueBorne works
BlueBorne is nefarious in many ways. It spreads through the air and targets the only area in your network that no security measures to date protect: your Bluetooth devices. It spreads from device to device through the air, making it highly infectious.
To make matters worse, the Bluetooth process has high privileges on all operating systems. As such, exploiting said process provides the attacker with full control of the infected device.
Do I need to keep going to let you know that the risk is real here? Here’s a video that shows exactly how the attack plays out on a Google Pixel smartphone. Perhaps this will sway you if your answer to my previous question was “yes”.
Who does BlueBorne affect?
In short: pretty much everyone. If you’re reading this now, there’s a good chance you own at least one Bluetooth device.
What can you do to protect yourself?
Again, the short and sweet answer here is: turn your Bluetooth off when you’re not using it. But what about when you ARE using it?
Be safe out there, kids. Your personal information is valuable. If you don’t think it is, someone else with evil intentions will.