Your smartphone can be tapped if you have Bluetooth headphones

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Hackers can exploit a flaw in Android smartphones equipped with Bluetooth headphones, which allows them to listen to conversations, intercept messages or even redirect calls to another phone.

A team of cyber security specialists from the University of Iowa and Purdue University in the United States has discovered a flaw in some Android smartphone models, which allows hackers to take control of these devices through Bluetooth accessories, including headphones.

The flaw has been discovered in Android smartphone systems and can be used to hack these devices via the baseband that connects Bluetooth accessories (such as headphones, connected watches …). It allows hackers to obtain not only the identifiers of a smartphone without the knowledge of its owner, but also to intercept telephone calls, SMS or an Internet connection.

US specialists have in turn developed a similar hacking application intended to communicate with the baseband and through which they were able to execute 14 pirate operations on a dozen different smartphones.

10 popular Android smartphones are concerned, including the Pixel 2, the Nexus 6P and the Samsung Galaxy S8 +, Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3. Once informed, Samsung and Google (producer of Pixel models) are already developing a patch.

To exploit this flaw, hackers must be close to their victim. A device connected via a USB cable to your phone, such as a computer or a charging station, can also open a gap in your smartphone’s systems.

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