Unscrupulous take advantage of Bluetooth fun
WITH over one million phones being sold every week around the world with Bluetooth capabilities, businesses are leaving themselves wide open to criminal activity, according to forensic experts at Grant Thornton.
Peter Graham, forensic and investigation services director at Grant Thornton comments: “Many of the seemingly harmless activities associated with Bluetooth mobile technology have led criminals to target mobile phone owners. An example of this is Bluejacking, which originated as technological amusement, originally used for flirting anonymously, however it has evolved into a major security risk for businesses, with unauth- orised people gaining access to address books, calendars and business and personal contacts.
“With the i ntroduction of Chip and PIN, there is more access to PIN numbers, as many people store them in their phones for quick access when memories fail. This will undoubtedly include company credit card details so the risk does not stop with personal accounts.”