NEWS FROM THE LAB - Thursday, April 14, 2005

Greetings from Lissabon Posted by Mikko @ 09:51 GMT

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group's annual All Hands Meeting is currently underway in sunny Portugal.

The topic for the meeting is "Securing the Future", and various security risks relating to Bluetooth have been discussed over the last days. These risks include things like Bluesnarfing, Bluebugging and of course various Bluetooth viruses. In fact many SIG members were surprised to learn there already are more than 20 known Bluetooth viruses.

Bluetooth SIG seems to be taking these risks seriously and is building better security into future specifications of the protocol. Default settings in various Bluetooth-enabled devices are also a key factor on how easy it is to execute such attacks.

Bluetooth SIG security panel

Security panel underway with Robin Heydon from CSR, Mikko Hypponen from F-Secure, Adam Laurie from Thebunker and Nick Hunn from Ezurio.

Signing off,