Definition - What does Bluebugging mean?
Bluebugging is a technique that allows skilled hackers to access mobile commands on Bluetooth-enabled devices that are in discoverable mode.
Bluebugging is similar to phone eavesdropping, or bugging.
Techopedia explains Bluebugging
Because discoverable mode is a default setting, most Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones and devices are automatically vulnerable to bluebugging attacks. Certain tools - such as RedFang and BlueSniff - allow hackers to infiltrate Bluetooth-enabled devices that are not in discoverable mode.
Bluebugged devices are vulnerable to one or more of the following scenarios:
- A device can be remotely controlled, which allows hackers to intercept or reroute communication.
- Hackers may send and read text messages.
- Hackers may place or monitor phone calls.
- Hackers may do all of the above without leaving a trace.