Has the New York Times fallen prey to the hysteria over
Bluesnarfing? John Markoff and Laura M. Holson have an article today about how one of the guys from Flexilis spent
the Academy Awards hanging out front trying to Bluesnarf celeb's phones. Purely for research purposes, of course, and
the piece makes it clear that they didn't actually "tap into" anyone's phones and grab any sensitive data.
Yes, using Bluetooth to grab sensitive data from a cellphone is possible, but the article is misleading from the very first paragraph, saying that as many as "100 people who walked the red carpet had cellphones vulnerable to the kind of privacy invasion that recently gained Ms. Hilton a new round of unwanted notoriety." This is incorrect. Paris Hilton's cellphone, the T-Mobile Sidekick, doesn't have Bluetooth, and isn't vulnerable to the "same kind of privacy invasion." You can split hairs and say that they're talking about the taking data itself, regardless of how it's accessed, as the privacy invasion, but then you might as well talk about how Gmail or Hotmail is vulnerable to the same kind of privacy invasion if someone manages to hack into your account.