Feds Warn That Data Thieves Can Crack Bluetooth

Homeland Security offers tips to avoid ‘bluesnarfing’ from cellphones and other devices.

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Wireless tech is easier for bad guys to crack, and Bluetooth is no exception. The rising popularity of Bluetooth connections between phones and headsets, and between laptops and other devices, prompted the federal government to issue a new warning about the risks.

Users should turn the devices off when they're not in use, set them up for "hidden" mode if available, and choose tougher passwords where possible, among other steps, says the U.S. Computer Emergency Response Team, part of the Department of Homeland Security.

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