IDG Contributor Network: Are you being tracked through a Bluetooth security vulnerability?


Research published this month by a team from Boston University has revealed a number of flaws in the way that Bluetooth Low Energy functionality is implemented on a wide range of consumer devices.

These devices – including both Apple and Microsoft Bluetooth devices – advertise their availability on open channels, and this opens the way for global device tracking. With spyware in the IoT becoming a major source of concern for cybersecurity researchers, this new research indicates that the problem may be even larger than we imagined.

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The best and worst of Black Hat 2019


Security experts as rock stars

You could be forgiven for expecting a rock band to take the stage.

The arena filled with people. Laser lights danced across the assembled throng. A bass back-beat thumped somewhere mysterious. A mighty roar from the speakers while this reporter fumbled for earplugs, a moment too late. A man took the stage, armed only with a head mic and a clicker.

Not a rock star. A security expert. He spoke of secure software development and deployment best practices. He spoke of automation. Of changing security culture.

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