A Major Bluetooth Security Bug Has Been Detected On Android, Here Is How To Protect Yourself

Aadhya Khatri - Feb 12, 2020


A Major Bluetooth Security Bug Has Been Detected On Android, Here Is How To Protect Yourself

With the Bluetooth flaw, hackers can execute codes on users’ devices to see anything they store on the phone or install malware without being detected

It is high time you checked the security update if you have an Android phone because a major flaw has just been discovered, which exploits Bluetooth to gain unauthorized access to your phone.

The bug is called BlueFrag and it is on Bluetooth in Android 8 and 9. With the flaw, hackers can execute codes on users’ devices to see anything they store on the phone or install malware without being detected.

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With the flaw, hackers can execute codes on users’ devices to see anything they store on the phone or install malware without being detected

This might sound a little too scary than the situation actually is. Since the flaw is in Bluetooth, the hackers need to be in 10-meter proximity around you as well as know the MAC address of your device’s Bluetooth.

Even if that is the case, taking measures against this bug is advisable. Those who have updated to Android 10 are safe from it and users who have not gotten the latest version can download the February 2020 patch.

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Those who have updated to Android 10 are safe from it and users who have not gotten the latest version can download the February 2020 patch

If your OS is older than Android 8, chances are you can still be a victim of the flaw. The experts who found the flaw tested on devices running Android 8 and later and they did not say that other version, other than Android 10, is safe.

The February 2020 patch and Android 10 are available to newer devices only so if yours is too old, you might want to limit the use of Bluetooth to protect yourself. For example, turn off Bluetooth when you do not use it.

So far, we have no information on how many phones have fell victim to the flaw. However, since a patch has already been made available, the actual number might be very low.

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