Airborne viruses threatening millions of smart devices

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Cyber security experts have warned that a vulnerability in Bluetooth enabled devices could allow airborne digital viruses to attack your digital devices.

Dubbed ‘BlueBorne’, the Bluetooth flaw opens around 8 billion smart devices around the country – and the world – to airborne digital viruses and malware.

These airborne viruses silently attack security breaches in smartphones, potentially exposing personal and financial information, without a user needing to click or download a link.

One tech expert said that there are currently no security mechanisms in place to block incoming Bluetooth connections, so hackers have easy access to Bluetooth enabled devices.

In fact, these silent attacks are invisible to common security controls.

Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) knows about the vulnerabilities and has warned manufacturers about the potential for havoc.

“The vulnerabilities reported are concerning and device manufacturers have been notified and are working on updates to fix the vulnerabilities,” said Dan Tehan, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security.

“The ACSC recommends that all users apply the latest software security updates to their devices. Device owners should consider disabling Bluetooth functionality on your device where it isn’t required.”

Cyber security experts say that BlueBorne’s potential to wreak havoc could be compared to the WannaCry ransomware attack earlier this year.

It is highly recommended that smart device users update their smartphones, tablets and other Bluetooth enabled equipment to the latest version of software, operating systems and firmware.

Are your devices up to date? Have you been hacked? How did you deal with it?

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Written by Leon Della Bosca


Total Comments: 1
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    Scary news indeed also if its connected to your car by bluetooth which is why I have always disconnected bothe by switching my Bluetooth off when not in use.



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