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2nd May, 2023 Security

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  • Concerned over an increase in instances of cybercrime, Prakasam district Superintendent of Police Malika Garg has asked the people to be wary of “bluebugging.”

What Is Bluebugging?

  • Bluebugging is a type of malicious attack that allows hackers to gain access to your Bluetooth-enabled devices.
  • It can target devices such as phones, tablets, laptops, and even earphones, speakers, and smartwatches.
  • Bluebugging is conducted by exploiting a security flaw in the Bluetooth protocol.
  • In order for an attacker to successfully execute a bluebugging attack, they must be within close range of the target device (usually within 10 m).
  • Once within range, the hacker can use specialized software and hardware tools to scan for and identify vulnerable Bluetooth devices.
  • Once the hacker has access to your device, they can gain access to your personal information, eavesdrop on or tape phone calls, and even control your device remotely.
  • Through Bluebugging, the attacker can also install a backdoor on the device for accessing it anytime in the future.

How Is Bluebugging Different from Bluejacking and Bluesnarfing?

  • While bluebugging may share some similarities with other Bluetooth attacks, like bluejacking and bluesnarfing, they are not the same.
  • Bluejacking is when someone sends you an unsolicited text message using Bluetooth. It’s more of an annoyance than a real security threat. The hacker can't gain access to your device, but they can send messages that contain links to malicious sites.
  • Bluesnarfing is a more serious threat than bluejacking, as it allows the attacker to gain access to your device and steal data.
  • Unlike bluebugging, bluesnarfing doesn't require any special tools or knowledge; all the attacker needs is access to your Bluetooth-enabled device. Also, bluebugging allows you to take control of the device in the future because of the backdoor, while bluesnarfing is not permanent.

How to prevent Bluebugging?

  • Turn off the Bluetooth when not in use.
  • Update device's software.
  • Update Bluetooth passwords.
  • Remove all the paired devices.
  • Turn off the "Auto join" option.
  • Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN)

VPN: https://www.iasgyan.in/daily-current-affairs/indias-new-vpn-rules

BLUEBUGGING: https://www.iasgyan.in/daily-current-affairs/blue-bugging


Q. Which of the following statements are incorrect?

a)    The virtual private network, or VPN, is an encrypted connection over the Internet from a device to a network that prevents unauthorized people from eavesdropping on the traffic and allows the user to conduct work remotely.

b)    Bluebugging can happen whenever a Bluetooth enabled device is within a 10-metre radius of the hacker.

1.    Only a

2.    Only b

3.    Both a and b

4.    Neither a nor b

Answer: 4