More than 5.3 billion devices with Bluetooth signals are at risk of a malware attack newly identified by an internet of things security company.
Nearly every connected device out there has Bluetooth capability. Your phones, laptops, speakers, car entertainment systems — the list goes on and on to even the most mundane gadgets.
With BlueBorne, all hackers need to spread malware is for their victims’ devices to have Bluetooth turned on, said Nadir Izrael, Armis’ chief technology officer.
And once one device has been infected, the malware can spread to other devices nearby with the Bluetooth turned on. By scattering over the airwaves, BlueBorne is “highly infectious,” Armis Labs said.
“We’ve run through scenarios where you can walk into a bank and it basically starts spreading around everything,” Izrael said.
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