F-Secure ran a honeypot for bluetoth devices at the german cebit. The captured over 12500 boxen in the test period that had their bluetooth not only turned on but also visible.

Anyways, should your smartphone ever get under fire from an infected box, please do the following:

  • Walk away…most bluetooth transmitters have a range of just 10m
  • Turn bluetoth off
  • Make your device invisible if you don’t need it to be visible(use the name cache if you can)

Under no circumstances, accept anything sent over that you didnt explicitly request. For example, if someone you know sends you a file that he didnt tell you about before, don’t accept it…

Do you have any experiences? Were you infected in the past?

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4 Responses to “What do do in case of a bluetooth virus attack”

  1. When bored, I run a Bluetooth honeypot of sorts – it’s just my Tungsten E|2 running Discovery.

    I typically run it while walking across the financial district of Toronto, Canada. After doing this on an irregular basis (about 10 times) in the course of less than a month, I have collected 42 unique entries in my Palm’s “All Known Devices” Bluetooth cache.

    These include 12 unnamed Blackberry 7XXX devices, 6 unnamed and 1 named T6XX phones, 6 unnamed and 3 named Nokia 6XXX phones, 1 named and 1 unnamed N-Gage, a Mac iBook and a PowerBook G4. I also found an apparently company-issued laptop with user account 13-FIN-RGOOBIE and another computer seemingly named for its network address of “0001E32BAB5F”, among others.

    Some of the phe people owning these devices call themselves :-) Har:-), Bossman, CWP tha gage, Darius, DM1, Fox, Gina, Harjeet Ghatota, John, Judith, Katrina Ramdath, Khalid, Mark Look Yan, NipZ and shadi. If you’re reading this and you anre on this list, you SHOULD be disturbed.

    By the way, MetaViewSoft has an enhanced version of Discovery for the Palm here:

    ..but, really, all you ned is the “Send” feature of Address Book to do this.

  2. Hi,
    BTW-what enhancements doers MetaView’s version offer?

    We covered Discovery on TamsPalm quite a few weeks ago-the review went live while we still were over at blogspots…

    Best regards
    Tam Hanna

  3. The original Discovery would do only one discovery cycle, then stop. You would then press “More devices” to repeat the cycle.

    MetaView’s version adds a button that makes it possible to continue the discovery process until a bluetooth device is found. You can then press “More devices” to repeat the discovery process continuously until a DIFFERENT bluetooth device is found.

  4. Hi,
    a good hint;).
    Best regards
    Tam Hanna

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