Un­scrupu­lous take ad­van­tage of Blue­tooth fun

The Herald Business - - Innovations -

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.”

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