There are a lot of fascinating findings from Black Hat & DefCon last week, but this one might make you want to change your Bluetooth locks. Researcher Anthony Rose was testing his Bluetooth range-finding setup in his neighborhood, and was not only surprised to see Bluetooth locks popping up, but as he told Engadget, “I discovered plaintext passwords being sent that anybody could read.”
He went on to purchase and test 16 Bluetooth locks, finding they could easily bypass 12 of them. With a long range antenna, some Bluetooth-enabled front-door locks could be bypassed from up to a half a mile away, allowing a tech-savvy burglar to simply walk up to your door and open it without looking at all suspicious.
Read more in the article, “Researcher finds huge security flaws in Bluetooth locks,” but in the meantime, you should [check the security of your Bluetooth locks, or just continue using analog locks a little longer.
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