Bluetooth users beware: Hackers can track the location of your Apple & Microsoft devices

1) What is the difference between Bluetooth and BT LE? Why has Bluetooth become so ubiquitous?

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2) How does Bluetooth technology work?

  • Imagine a Bluetooth beacon installed in the shirts area of a department store broadcasting the equivalent of “Hi, this is the shirts aisle at Department Store Location XYZ” to enable location-based information to pop up on the store’s app.
  • Or, picture your fitness tracker saying the equivalent “Hi, I’m smart watch ABC123” so that your smartphone can connect to it as soon as they come in range of each other, without having to search for it.

3) What makes Bluetooth devices vulnerable? Which devices are vulnerable?

4) Why are manufacturers developing and distributing devices with these vulnerabilities?

5) In light of these vulnerabilities, what are the risks for consumers, businesses, and government?

6) How can we protect ourselves?

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