Security Threats and Countermeasures in Bluetooth-Enabled Systems

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Executive Summary

Bluetooth is a technology for short range wireless data and realtime two-way voice transfer providing data rates up to 3 Mb/s. It can be used to connect almost any device to another device. Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as mobile phones, headsets, PCs, laptops, printers, mice, and keyboards, are widely used all over the world. Already in 2006, the one billionth Bluetooth device was shipped, and the volume is expected to increase rapidly in the near future. The target volume for 2010 is as high as two billion Bluetooth devices. Therefore, it is very important to keep Bluetooth security issues up-to-date. A s an interconnection technology, Bluetooth has to address all traditional security problems, well known from distributed networks.

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