'Bluejacking' hits the mainstream

'Bluejacking' hits the mainstream

Summary: People with Bluetooth-enable mobile phones can send messages anonymously to those with similar phones nearby, creating a new craze

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Bluetooth, a connectivity technology most commonly found in mobiles and PDAs, looks like it could be spawning a new craze -- and possibly a new outlet for spammers.

Bluetooth enables devices within a few metres of each other to exchange information wirelessly -- a technology that users with Bluetooth-enabled mobiles are making the most of to send text messages to strangers anonymously.

This drive-by messaging has been dubbed 'bluejacking'.

But why would somebody bluejack a stranger's phone? The motive behind the craze is to freak out other Bluetooth users that you might encounter in public -- for example, a bluejacker will check out other Bluetooth users on the tube and drop them a message that only someone in the same place will appreciate, for example, their choice of newspaper or colour of their top or just a message to let them know that they've been bluejacked.

How do you bluejack? By saving a message in the 'name' field of your phone, for example, "Nice tweed trousers", then choose to send it via Bluetooth. A list of enabled hardware in the vicinity should appear on your phone; select the device you want and off you go.

Topic: Networking

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  • There are now bluejacking sites appearing such as www.ibluejackedyou.com - It's great fun!
    anonymous
  • www.bluejackQ.com -- the original and best bluejacking site :D join the revolution
    anonymous
  • If you want to read more about BlueJacking and join in the Forums then try
    <a href="http://www.bluejackers.co.uk">http://www.bluejackers.co.uk</A>

    Have fun BlueJackers!
    anonymous
  • Take a look at
    http://www.bluejacking.info/future.htm

    Some ideas on the future of Bluejacking once everyone knows all about it
    anonymous
  • It's pretty funny to see what's asked in Google if you search for "bluejacking"

    http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=bluejacking
    anonymous
  • I believe that there is a good protective measure on the market. When you want to ensure maximum protection, use an E2X bag. They are at www.e2xgear and originate from technology used to counter electronic espionage efforts directed against the US intelligence community.
    Since the manufacturers of wireless technologies seem uninterested in correcting product design vulnerabilities, it may be necessary for consumers to step in and take measures to ensure their privacy is protected. One thing is for certain, this is only the beginning of privacy issues for consumers who find wireless electronics becoming an integral part of daily life.
    anonymous
  • www.bluejacking.cz should be mentioned at this page.
    anonymous
  • Blue jacking made easy :- new bluejacking software at http://www.easy-jack.co.uk/
    anonymous
  • Fun. but could be used for useful purposes liek sending Free messages to friends in the middle of Chemistry in Elementary School
    anonymous
  • I want to download this BLUEJACK software... Can u tell me, From where I can download this software for free?
    Pls!
    anonymous
  • Pls...Someone Tell me, How Do I download BLUEJACK Software for free? Pls email me to advise: rdugar143@yahoo.com.
    PLEASE !!!
    anonymous