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Bluebugging

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.
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