New Bluetooth Malware Affects Billions of Devices, Requires No Pairing

18 September, 2017, 02:18 | Author: Pamela Mathis
  • New Bluetooth Malware Affects Billions of Devices, Requires No Pairing

The best thing you can do is disable your Bluetooth when you are not using it or keep it off until an update is issued on your device to play it safe. They only need the device's Bluetooth to be turned on. Also, no action from a user is necessary to trigger the attack.

Armis discovered eight vulnerabilities of which it classified four as critical. While there is no mention if they have been used in the wild, the vulnerabilities are fully operational.

Currently, all Windows devices running Vista or later, all Linux devices running BlueZ or Tizen 3.3-rc1, all Android devices, and all versions of iOS running iOS 9.x or earlier are affected. iOS 10 and later devices from Apple are not affected.

Both the Australian and United States governments have released warnings about a new vulnerability known as BlueBorne, which leaves millions of mobile phones, computers and IoT devices exposed to hackers. Consumers should look at the devices they won and contact the vendors to see if they are vulnerable.

"This makes BlueBorne one of the most broad potential attacks found in recent years, and allows an attacker to strike completely undetected", they warned.

Apple fans will be pleased to know current versions of iOS are not vulnerable.

News has broken that Armis has identified a new airborne cyber threat, "BlueBorne", that exposes nearly every device to remote attack.

Arsenal, Cologne Charged by UEFA for Crowd Chaos
Christensen, however, has said that his team will have to be at their best to overcome the Gunners at Stamford Bridge. Arsenal have lost both of their opening two Premier League away games this season, at Stoke and Liverpool .


"BlueBourne is a disturbing new attack on nearly every computer, smartphone, and tablet. While the vulnerability itself is concerning, the real threat is most alarming: running applications and connecting to websites to execute more attacks, an issue that can only be addressed if every application, every website has a unique machine identity". Without this - the attacks as demonstrated with BlueBourne can run easily.

If exploited, the vulnerabilities can enable hackers to take over the devices or hijack their Internet connection.

"When exploits like these are found on technology that is integrated into nearly every device we use, it's a real concern".

And if you're uncertain whether your device has been patched, it may be a good idea to turn Bluetooth off for awhile.

The way BlueBorne works, it constantly scans for devices that have Bluetooth on, and when it finds one that has relevant vulnerabilities, it can hack into the device exceptionally quickly.

"For a while, Bluetooth vulnerabilities had died down as the industry responded and fixed known exploits, but this incident may be the tip of the iceberg once again".

Recommended:

  • LSU football falls far in Week 4 rankings

    LSU football falls far in Week 4 rankings

    The game will also be broadcast on the LSU Sports Radio Network with Chris Blair , Doug Moreau and Gordy Rush calling the action. Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen - now in his ninth season - is used to the gauntlet the SEC provides on a yearly basis.

    Singapore F1 Grand Prix Preview

    Singapore joined the F1 calendar back in 2008 as the sport's first night race, and is celebrating the 10th staging of the grand prix at Marina Bay this weekend.
    Britain lowers threat level as Tube explosion case progresses

    Britain lowers threat level as Tube explosion case progresses

    London police said their investigation into Friday's attack is being supported by MI-5, Britain's domestic intelligence agency. A second man has been arrested by detectives investigating the terrorist attack at Parsons Green station on Friday.
  • Auto  plows into crowd at Boise Spectrum, at least 11 injured

    Auto plows into crowd at Boise Spectrum, at least 11 injured

    The driver then lost control "while going too fast", went up over the sidewalk and onto the grass where onlookers were sitting. A gray Porsche leaving a Boise vehicle show crashed onto a crowded sidewalk, sending at least 11 people to the hospital.
    Apple iPhone 8 and the truth behind their prices

    Apple iPhone 8 and the truth behind their prices

    The iPhone X looks to have a killer camera, with new upgrades for excellent "bokeh", or blurring in the background of photos. When Samsung has Galaxy 8 and Note 8 in their box an iPhone 7S or 7S Plus wouldn't be equivalent.
    After Irma, the Island of Barbuda Remains Deserted

    After Irma, the Island of Barbuda Remains Deserted

    Joe English, a Unicef communications manager, has been helping with the relief effort in the Caribbean islands . The lesser-known twin island of Antigua, Barbuda lies between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.
  • Build that wall? Supporters question Trump's priorities

    Build that wall? Supporters question Trump's priorities

    But yeah, I mean, look, it was the first time in CACI's history, its 40-year history, that we didn't invite the sitting president. But it appears now that funding for a border wall could be a sticking point.
    Boris Johnson 'misused' figures with £350m Brexit claim, United Kingdom  statistics chief says

    Boris Johnson 'misused' figures with £350m Brexit claim, United Kingdom statistics chief says

    The letter from Sir David Norgrove, the head of the authority, said he was "surprised and disappointed " at the claim resurfacing. Rudd, however, said she did not think Johnson was laying the groundwork to challenge May.

    Barcelona considering swoop for Liverpool star Sadio Mane?

    I am in a place that I have always been given respect by everyone and (I) too respect everyone", he said. When asked if he would join Barcelona in the future, he said: "Not that I know of".
  • Six dead at Florida nursing home without power since storm

    Six dead at Florida nursing home without power since storm

    However, the nursing home itself does have power. "We want somewhere for people to go during this hard time". Randy Katz, the medical director of Memorial Regional's emergency department, said at a news conference.
    How to Pre-Order the iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus

    How to Pre-Order the iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus

    Its schedule is a bit late compared to the iPhone 8 devices, but Apple promised that it would be worth the wait and money. If you want to enter the recent apps carousel, you perform the swipe-up gesture, but hold it for a second.
    Moon, Trump vow stronger pressure against North Korea

    Moon, Trump vow stronger pressure against North Korea

    Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said in a preview of Trump's Tuesday speech. We are not going to stand what they are doing with our country.


Popular

Dow, S&P end at new records, brushing off North Korea, weak data
Hong Kong's Hang Seng fell 0.7 percent to 27,571.42 and the Shanghai Composite in mainland China shed 0.6 percent to 3,353.11. Google-parent Alphabet lost 0.5 per cent after reports it was considering a big investment in ride-sharing operation Lyft.

Tropical Storm Lee weakens to a depression
Wind shear was keeping Lee considerably weaker with sustained winds of about 40 miles per hour as it was crossing the Atlantic. East Coast later in the day and advised people from North Carolina to New England to monitor Jose's progress.

Orrin Hatch doubts Trump's corporate tax rate goal is realistic
Another area of concern is "Rothification", which would tax retirement savings upfront instead of when they are withdrawn. Move fast Congress! With Irma and Harvey devastation, Tax Cuts and Tax Reform is needed more than ever before.

Filipino troops rescue kidnapped Catholic priest
He also said Suganob, a vicar general of the prelature of Marawi was taken hostage in an undisclosed location . In a statement, Armed Forces of the Philippines-Public Affairs Office (AFP-PAO) chief Marine Col.

Jerry Jones has reportedly 'impeded' Roger Goodell's contract extension talks
Jones will be on a conference call this week with the compensation committee to discuss Goodell's salary. With Jones' involvement, Goodell's future as the commissioner of the league could be in question.

Juggalos set to march on Washington, DC on Saturday
Jason Webber, an organizer of the Juggalo rally, said the group is apolitical but noted that numerous band's songs decry bigotry. Scott Young, another Indiana Juggalo, said he's been pulled over because of the "hatchetman" stickers on his auto .

France into Davis Cup final, Australia and Belgium tied 2-2
Australia and France won their doubles matches on Saturday to take 2-1 leads in their respective Davis Cup semifinal encounters. Noah already captained France to the 1991 and 1996 Davis Cup titles, and has not lost a final as team captain.

India win toss, bat against Australia
Throwing different challenges at different players is a way to establish who is eventually going to fit the bill. Smith later apologized for his self-admitted "brain fade" moment but Kohli slammed the Aussies at the time.

Willson Contreras Suspended Two Games by Major League Baseball
After Lackey argued the call, he returned to the mound and his 3-2 pitch was hit into center field for a run-scoring single. As Lackey ran to back up home plate, he screamed in Baker's face, getting kicked out in the process.

#4 USC Pulls Off 27-24 Comeback Victory Over Texas In 2OT
A ground game that hammered out 307 yards last week against Stanford couldn't, when it absolutely had to, gain a few inches. Sam Darnold passed for 397 yards and three touchdowns to help the Trojans (3-0) surge to their 12th consecutive victory.