Bluetooth security dangers revealed

It seems that the Bluetooth personal area network standard isn't as secure as many people might think, judging from comments made by former White House security guru Howard Schmidt at the Infosec Europe event in London last week.

Schmidt claims that several of protocols used in Bluetooth has been compromised in various ways, allowing hackers to send, amongst other things, malformed packets that can crash a mobile phone or similar system.

What's interesting about Schmidt's comments is that they confirm a report I saw earlier in the year about how easy it is to hack a Bluetooth communication between a user's headset and mobile, and

insert audio recordings into the conversation stream.

All great fun. Check out more on Schmidt's comments on ZDNet Asia here...