Author: George Roberts Published by ABC News. September 13, 2017
An airborne computer virus with the ability to infect billions of phones and other devices has been identified by internet security analysts. The so-called ‘BlueBorne vulnerability’ allows malicious virus attacks to spread from device to device over bluetooth without the owner’s knowledge.
Ty Miller, managing director of international cyber security firm Threat Intelligence, said this could be one of the most dangerous security flaws that has come out to date.Mr. Miller said the BlueBorne infection method was more dangerous than past attacks, such as the WannaCry ransomware attack. That is because the virus is airborne and can spread without people clicking on a link or being on the internet.
“It’s estimated to potentially affect up to 8 billion around the world, and that’s because it’s got the capability to infect Window, Linux, Android and iOS devices prior to iOS 10,” he said.”So the latest iOS isn’t affected.”
BlueBorne was identified by researchers from Armis Labs, who alerted tech companies as far back as April, so that security patches and upgrades could be created before hackers had the chance to exploit the ‘vulnerability’.Armis Labs has now released warning videos, telling of the danger of BlueBorne.
“It spreads locally over the air, via Bluetooth and the hacker does not need pair with the target device,” the Armis Labs warning says.
But even though there are security patches available, unprotected systems, of which there are billions of devices around the world, remain vulnerable to a BlueBorne attack.