Bluetooth phone hacking tools 'spreading quickly'

Tuesday, 17 February 2004, 1:09 PM EST

An MP has called for mobile phone manufacturers to make a greater effort and fix the Bluetooth security problems in their handsets after a researcher revealed that software tools enabling a 'bluesnarf' attack are widely available on the internet.

Bluesnarfing is a method of hacking into a Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone and copying its entire contact book, calendar or anything else stored in the phone's memory. Nokia and Sony Ericsson have admitted some of their handsets are vulnerable and although Sony Ericsson has made an effort to fix the problem, Nokia said the problem is not serious enough to warrant repairing.

By Munir Kotadia at Silicon.

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