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Bluetooth systems affected by wide-ranging security issue

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Bluetooth has a bug which can allow hackers to slip in and steal data, even when you're in a secure connection

The news was unveiled by Lior Neumann and Eli Biham, two cybersecurity researchers from the Israel Institute of Technology who discovered the vulnerability, known as CVE-2018-5383. 

To present the problem in layman's terms, the pairing between two devices is weak due to a miscommunication, allowing remote attackers to obtain the encryption key used to secure a connection.

Different devices are affected – Apple's, Broadcom's, Intel's, Qualcomm's, and most likely, others too. Apple, Broadcom, and Intel have all already issued fixes, with Qualcomm's spokesperson said they've also deployed a fix. 

Microsoft claims its devices remained unaffected by the flaw, something CERT/CC could not confirm.

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Sead Fadilpašić

Sead is a freelance journalist with more than 15 years of experience in writing various types of content, from blogs, whitepapers, and reviews to ebooks, and many more, across sites including Al Jazeera Balkans, TechRadar Pro, IT Pro Portal, and CryptoNews.