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Bluetooth Security Report

Bluetooth Security Report - Insecurities in Bluetooth...

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Insecurities in Bluetooth Wireless Technology [http://www.newegg.com] Bryan Farley Nolan Gilley Rithirong Thandee Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Virginia Tech 12/03/2006
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Insecurities in Wireless Bluetooth Technology Bryan Farley Nolan Gilley Rithirong Thandee Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Virginia Tech 12/03/2006 Summary Bluetooth is a new wireless technology that is capable of sending and receiving  data within a range of ten to fifteen meters.  It provides advantages over previous  technology by eliminating wires from our everyday life.  Because of Bluetooth’s cost  effectiveness, it is becoming an extremely popular technology showing up in all sorts of  new devices.  As with any wireless technology, there are a number of security and ethical  issues that must be addressed.  Hackers’ skills are increasing just as fast as technology is  improving and security is a top tier issue.  So far, security breaches that have been made  are problems that lie in the manufacturers’ implementation of the Bluetooth technology,  not problems that lie in Bluetooth itself.  Every day updates are being made to Bluetooth  and the future from a security standpoint is looking very strong.
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Table of Contents Summary i Introduction 1 Basics of Bluetooth 1 Bluetooth Security 3 Security Levels and Modes 3 Security Breeches 4 Preventing Security Breeches and Hacking 6 User Awareness 6 Security Updates for Devices 6 Future Security Improvements 7 Conclusions 8 Appendix A: A List of Vulnerable Bluetooth Devices 9 References 10
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Introduction Bluetooth is a new technology that unites the computer and telecommunications.  It was named after Harald I Bluetooth. He was the King of Denmark from 904 to 980  AD, and was famous for uniting Denmark and Norway.  In 1994, Ericson Mobile started  researching for a way to construct a low power and low cost radio that could connect  mobile phones and various accessories.  In 1998, Ericson, Nokia, IBM, Toshiba and Intel  came together to form a Special Interest Group (SIG) to improve the emerging Bluetooth  technology[1].  Bluetooth is wireless technology very similar to Wi-Fi, however it costs much  less, uses far less power, and cannot transfer data as fast. Tables 1 and 2 show the data  range and the power output of different wireless technologies respectively.  Bluetooth  works in the frequency of 2.45 GHz which is in the international agreement for use of  Industrial, Scientific and Medical devices (ISM) [2]. Bluetooth sends a weak signal and  uses spread-spectrum frequency hopping, a randomly chosen frequency in the range 1 to  avoid interfering with other wireless devices.
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