Bluetooth is the leading and most widespread protocol for short-range communications.It is the backbone of short-range connectivity in the vast majority of devices in the market.
Security experts from Armis Labs revealed a new attack called BlueBorne last September that affects Nearly All Connected Device. Simply to say if you are having Bluetooth enabled devices then you are vulnerable to BlueBorne attack.
It affects Bluetooth devices mobile, desktop, and IoT operating systems, including Android, iOS, Windows, and Linux are vulnerable.
Now the team discovered the critical BlueBorne vulnerabilities impact IoT voice-activated Personal Assistants including Amazon Echo and Google Home.
How BlueBorne Vulnerabilities impacted Devices
With the Blueborne attacker doesn’t require victims to open any application or link, in case of these devices, there are very limited UI and no way to turn off Bluetooth or to install any security agents.
According to a recent survey of Armis clients and deployments, 82% of companies (including the F1000 and G2000) have an Amazon Echo device in their corporate environment. In many cases, Corporate IT may not be aware that these IoT devices are even on the network.
With Blueborne a hacker could penetrate into your Network and perform malicious activities such as spreading malware and stealing sensitive.
Armis security notified to Amazon and Google about the bug and they issued automatic updates for Amazon Echo and Google Home. Amazon users can verify they are using a version newer than v591448720 to see they have received the patch.
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— Armis (@ArmisSecurity) November 15, 2017
“Customer trust is important to us and we take security seriously. Customers do not need to take any action as their devices will be automatically updated with the security fixes,” says Amazon.
The Internet of Things or IoT refers to the vast network of connected devices or “things” connected to the Internet which can be used to exchange and collect data. IoT devices include anything smartphones, smart appliances, healthcare devices, traffic monitoring cameras etc.