There are three security flaws existing with Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. Since Bluetooth enables devices within a few metres of each other to exchange information wirelessly -- a technology that users with Bluetooth-enabled mobiles are making the most of to send text messages to strangers anonymously.
This is leading to --
Bluejacking is -- a technology that users with Bluetooth-enabled mobiles are making the most of to send text messages to strangers anonymously without revelaing their identity and thus creating spam.
Bluesnarfing is -- latest discovery for the wireless-data standard allows data, such as telephone numbers and diary entries, stored in a vulnerable device to be stolen by the attacker. Bluesnarfing is said to affect a number of Sony Ericsson, Ericsson and Nokia handsets, but some models are at greater risk because they invite attack even when in 'invisible mode'.
Toothing is -- Toothing'' is a new craze where strangers on trains, buses, in bars and even supermarkets hook up for illicit meetings using messages sent via the latest in phone technology.
'Toothing is a form of anonymous sex with strangers - usually on some form of transport or enclosed area such as a conference or training seminar. 'Toothers meet by first connecting suitable equipment - such as a modern phone or palmtop computer. Users 'discover' other computers or phones in the vicinity and then send a speculative message. The usual greeting is: 'Toothing?'.
If the other party is interested, messages are exchanged until a suitable location is agreed - usually a public toilet, although there are tales of more adventurous spots such as deserted carriages or staff areas. What happens next is up to you!
Toothing is a buzzword these days in countries like UK, and phone companies like Nokia have agreed the security flaws and have proposed a solution to it.
Since all these bluetooth enabled mobile phone require no identity or no network if they are communicating with other bluetooth enabled device in a local area of say 10m
Yes beyond that distance they have to dial the requested number and use the network, then only they can contact or communicate. So the problem majors around the distance of 10m, where bluetooth enabled phone or devices can communicate with each other with revealing their identity.
Solution Workaround proposed by nokia people is that, every message generated by a bluetooth enabled device must be suffixed by a unique tag, which will identify every message and hence spamming with be reduced.