From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Jump to: navigation, search
This Siemens M75 is Bluejacking the Sony Ericsson K600i pictured below

Bluejacking is the sending of unsolicited messages over Bluetooth to Bluetooth-enabled devices such as mobile phones, PDAs or laptop computers, sending a vCard which typically contains a message in the name field (i.e. for bluedating or bluechat) to another bluetooth enabled device via the OBEX protocol.

Bluetooth has a very limited range, usually around 10 metres (32.8 ft) on mobile phones, but laptops can reach up to 100 metres (328 ft) with powerful (Class 1) transmitters.

[edit] Origins

'Bluejacking' was reportedly first carried out by a Malaysian IT consultant who used his phone to advertise Sony Ericsson. He also invented the name, which purports to be an amalgam of Bluetooth and 'ajack', his username on Esato, a Sony Ericsson fan online forum. "Jacking" is however an extremely common shortening of hijack, the act of taking over something. [1][2]

This Sony Ericsson K600i is getting Bluejacked by the Siemens M75 pictured above. The text at the bottom of the screen reads "Add to contacts?" in Norwegian.

[edit] Usage

Bluejacking is usually harmless, but because bluejacked people generally don't know what has happened, they may think that their phone is malfunctioning. Usually, a bluejacker will only send a text message, but with modern phones it's possible to send images or sounds as well. Bluejacking has been used in guerrilla marketing campaigns to promote advergames.

With the increase in the availability of Bluetooth enabled devices, these devices have become vulnerable to virus attacks and even complete take over of devices through a trojan horse program.

Bluejacking is also confused with Bluesnarfing which is the way in which mobile phones are illegally hacked via Bluetooth.

[edit] Bluejacking Tools and Software

Many tools have been developed for bluejacking. Most of the development happened in the 2000 to 2004, where multiple new bluetooth vulnerabilities were developed. Most of these tools are developed by individual developers and have very specific functions. Example is bluesniff [3], which seeks out hidden bluetooth devices. One of the most commonly used bluetooth software is bloover [4], which is in version 2 now. It allows users to seek then send unsolicited messages to unwary bluetooth devices. While there are so many tools to assist someone in bluetoothing, only a few hidden tools are available for the more sinister bluesnarfing or bluebugging. These are usually internal trade secrets which the expert guard earnestly.

[edit] See also

[edit] References

Personal tools