Marketing and the drive-by download

I was at my local cinema, and had accidentally left the bluetooth features on my phone switched on (I don’t normally. but my sat-nav software switches it on, and sometimes it doesn’t switch back off)

I was therefore very surprised when I was asked to accept a download (given that I was very much alone) It turns out that this a new twist in unsolicited messaging (i.e. spam) – drive-by bluetooth spam.

Of course, I never accept unsolicited bluetooth messages, as they are the most common way for mobile viruses to spread.

Encouraging people to do this is dangerous. Remember. never accept a bluetooth connection unless you’re expecting it.


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  1. I watched an episode of the real hussle which had people hacking phones though blue tooth and making them phone a premium number they had set up. Since then I always have my bluetooth turned off (thats when I am not washing it … DOH!)

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