Pickpockets turn to technology

Tuesday, 18 November 2003, 8:56 AM EST

We all know that the type of mobile phone that you own says a lot about you. In some circles having anything but the latest gadget can send all the wrong signals to your peers.

But if you are not careful your handset could be revealing much more about you than you would like, such as your entire address book. And you may know nothing about it.

Security experts are warning that the Bluetooth short-range radio technology can leave people vulnerable to the hi-tech equivalent of pickpockets.

In laboratory tests researchers have managed to steal information including address books and images from handsets by exploiting shortcomings in Bluetooth security.

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