Keep your bluetooth devices hands-free and hack-free

Cell phone users are increasingly turning to Bluetooth technology to talk hands-free on their phones, and the Better Business Bureau is offering a caution for maintaining security in the various devices. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, ten states have passed laws which prohibit all drivers from using handheld cell phones while driving. As hands-free devices gain popularity, scammers are finding ways to exploit it, according to the Bureau. Scammers use specialized software to intercept a Bluetooth signal and hack into a device. The technique is known as “bluebugging” and it gives scammers access to text messages, contacts, photos and call history.

Scammers tend to hang out in busy areas in order to hack into phones, the Bureau reports. They sometimes use hacked phones to make long distance calls. However, the newest scheme has scammers using the hacked number to set up pay-per-minute numbers to rack up charges

 

 

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