Security Alerts & News
by Tymoteusz A. Góral

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#1451 Hands-on: Blue Hydra can expose the all-too-unhidden world of Bluetooth
My new neighbor was using AirDrop to move some files from his phone to his iMac. I hadn't introduced myself yet, but I already knew his name. Meanwhile, someone with a Pebble watch was walking past, and someone named "Johnny B" was idling at the stoplight at the corner in their Volkswagen Beetle, following directions from their Garmin Nuvi. Another person was using an Apple Pencil with their iPad at a nearby shop. And someone just turned on their Samsung smart television.

I knew all this because each person advertised their presence wirelessly, either over "classic" Bluetooth or the newer Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLE) protocol—and I was running an open source tool called Blue Hydra, a project from the team at Pwnie Express. Blue Hydra is intended to give security professionals a way of tracking the presence of traditional Bluetooth, BTLE devices, and BTLE "iBeacon" proximity sensors. But it can also be connected to other tools to provide alerts on the presence of particular devices.
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#1455 Adblock Plus finds the end-game of its business model: Selling ads
#1454 Generic OSX malware detection method explained
#1453 Gugi: from an SMS trojan to a mobile-banking trojan
#1452 How a third-party App Store abuses Apple’s developer enterprise program to serve adware
#1451 Hands-on: Blue Hydra can expose the all-too-unhidden world of Bluetooth
#1450 Allow web domain changeover: US tech firms
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