Science & Tech Security Issues


Many cellphones’ Bluetooth settings are set to discovery mode by default, which makes it simple for hackers to access the phones when they are less than 10 metres away from the device. This is accomplished via a technique known as bluebugging.


  • It is a type of hacking that enables attackers to gain access to a device through a Bluetooth connection that can be discovered.
  • Once a device or phone has been “bluebugged,” a hacker has access to the contacts on it and can steal and alter them, as well as listen to and transmit messages.
  • Attacks known as “bluebugging” prey on Bluetooth-capable equipment.
  • Once a connection has been made, hackers can disable authentication by using brute force assaults. To gain unauthorised access to the compromised device, they could install malware on it.
  • After being hacked, the attacker has access to your contacts and can change them or take them.
  • These attacks can affect any Bluetooth-enabled gadget, including wireless earphones.
  • Anytime a Bluetooth-enabled device is within a 10-meter range of the hacker, bluebugging can occur. Hackers can also extend their attack range by using booster antennas.

Devices at risk

  • Any gadget that supports Bluetooth can be blue-bugged. Such hacks can also affect wireless earbuds. Conversations can be recorded via apps that let users connect to TWS (True Wireless Stereo) devices or earphones.

How may bluebugging be avoided?

  • Using a VPN as an additional security step and disabling Bluetooth when not in use are further security measures that can be used. Other security measures include updating the system software on the device.
  • Keep an eye out for jarring jumps in data usage.
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