Performing headlines around the world, BlueBorne Virus is considered as one of the most rapidly growing malware attacks currently. It’s put over 8.2 billion devices (smartphones, tablets, laptops, and so on) globally at a risk. Because this may affect your device even when not connected to the internet (as it is airborne), it has been identified as one of the most advanced types of security threats with 8 zero-day vulnerabilities.
This affects the vulnerability of devices connected via Bluetooth, which makes it cross-platform in nature. To help you protect your device from BlueBorne iOS and Android attacks, we’ve come up with this extensive guide. Read on and learn every important thing about BlueBorne Android and iOS malware.
Everything You Need To Know About Blueborne Virus
- Part 1: What is the BlueBorne virus?
- Part 2: What devices / platforms are vulnerable to BlueBorne viruses?
- Part 3: How to check if your device is affected by BlueBorne?
- Part 4: How to protect your device from the BlueBorne virus?
Part 1: What is the BlueBorne virus?
Originally found by Armis Labs, the BlueBorne vulnerability is a vector that may damage Android, Windows, Linux, and iOS devices. Because it enters a device via Bluetooth and is airborne in nature (spread over the air), it is named “BlueBorne”.
After entering your device, the BlueBorne virus can take complete control of it. It includes its data, network, usability, and more. It can also penetrate through a secure network and spread via Bluetooth from one device to another. A wide range of attacks include Man-in-the-Middle and the implementation of malicious code can be caused by BlueBorne Android or iOS.
Currently, experts are in the process of identifying patches to inhibit the spread of BlueBorne vulnerabilities. Although, with the wide spread of IoT (Internet of things), it is quite hard to control the reach of viruses so fast.
Part 2: What Devices / Platforms are Vulnerable to BlueBorne viruses?
As stated above, Android, iOS, Windows, and Linux devices supporting Bluetooth are vulnerable to BlueBorne viruses. For your convenience, we’ve provided an extensive list right here.
Four BlueBorne types of vulnerabilities are identified on Android-based tablets, wearables, and smartphones. While CVE-2017-0781 and CVE-2017-0782 BlueBorne Android vulnerabilities may lead to remote code execution, CVE-2017-0785 may reveal your data, and CVE-2017-0783 can be performed Man-in-the-Middle attack. Mostly, all leading Android devices such as Galaxy phones, Pixel, LG smartphones, wearables, and car audio systems are vulnerable to the BlueBorne Android virus.
It may surprise you, but all the top iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch) running iOS 9.3.5 and older versions are vulnerable to BlueBorne iOS attacks. Even Apple TVs with 7.2.2 and lower versions may be infected with the BlueBorne iOS injection code. The patch has been fixed in iOS 10.
All major Windows systems that run on Windows Vista and newer versions may be affected by viruses with a bright Man-in-the-Middle attack.
Karamihan sa mga komersyal na magagamit device sa paligid sa amin gumana sa ilang mga o iba pang mga bersyon ng Linux. Habang lots ng mga gumagamit sa tingin na ang Linux system ay hindi maaaring nahawaan ng virus, ito ay isang misinterpreted katotohanan.
Kung ang iyong Linux aparato ay tumatakbo sa bersyon 3.3-rc1 o mamaya edisyon, pagkatapos ay maaari itong apektado ng virus. Ang iyong impormasyon ay maaaring leaked na ang iyong aparato ay tumatakbo sa Linux Bluez.
Part 3: Part 3: How to check if your device is affected by BlueBorne?
The BlueBorne virus does not necessarily require infected devices to be paired with other devices to spread. Even if the target device is in discoverable mode, it can be spread from the source without any problems. Therefore, it is important to check if your device has been infected with BlueBorne or not. This will help you make a perfect course of action to safeguard your device.
You can only take the help of the BlueBorne Vulnerability Scanner app by Security armor to do the same. Just follow these steps:
- To begin with, you need to download the app to your device. For example, if you have an Android device, then you can go to its page on Google Play Store to download the app.
- After installing the app, launch it to get the following interface. Just tap “Tap to Check” button to start the process.
- Wait for a while as the app will check if your device is vulnerable to the BlueBorne virus or not.
- Within seconds, it will show the result and let you know if your device is vulnerable or not.
- Additionally, you can get to know if your nearby devices are vulnerable or not. Just go to its Menu (Options) and tap “Locate Nearby Devices”.
- This will describe nearby devices with their level of security. You can tap on any device to get more information related to it.
Part 4: How to protect your device from the BlueBorne virus?
With 8 zero-day vulnerabilities associated with the BlueBorne virus, there are only a handful of things we can do to protect our devices from threats. Here are some of these:
- Upang magsimula sa, gamitin ang BlueBorne kahinaan Scanner app upang suriin kung ang iyong aparato ay mahina laban sa pag-atake o hindi. Kung ang iyong aparato ay maaaring masugatan, pagkatapos ay dapat mong gawin ang mga kinakailangang hakbang upang maprotektahan ito.
- Tiyakin na ang iyong aparato ay na-update sa isang kamakailan-lamang na antas patch. Halimbawa, ang pinakabagong patch na antas inilabas para sa Android aparato ay noong Setyembre 9, 2017. I-update ang iyong aparato sa lalong madaling panahon upang maiwasan ang BlueBorne virus.
- Since the BlueBorne virus spreads through the air and on devices with their Bluetooth on, it is highly recommended that you turn off your device’s Bluetooth. Try not to use your device’s Bluetooth until the BlueBorne vulnerability is fixed with a patch.
- Just because iOS 9.3.5 and older versions may be infected with BlueBorne iOS viruses, we recommend updating your device to iOS 10 at least.
- Ideally, you should also remove all sensitive information on your device or get a backup of your data files that you do not want to lose from scratch.
We hope this guide will help you diagnose the BlueBorne vulnerability on your device. Keep your devices safe from BlueBorne Android or iOS attacks and take all necessary steps to safeguard your device and content. If you have any queries related to the BlueBorne virus, please do not hesitate to let us know about it in the comments below