by, 18-Mar-2008 at 21:54 (487 Views)
Just one of these things that really gets to me is this Bloo-Over bluetooth hacker software.
I help out at a Friday Youth Cafe (SAMYP Youth Cafe) so I'm always up with what's hot and what's not for teenagers - and one of the most recent ones that's so "hot" you'll need an oven glove is Bloo-Over; the mobile phone Bluetooth hacking software.
So this all came about when one of the boys thought it would be a good idea to attempt to steal my personal data from my phone. Thankfully he told me he was doing it through the constant giggling, so I switched my handset off before he could access it.
I wasn't just hacked off (no pun intended) at the fact that he tried to steal my personal data, but more so, there were at least another 3 of them that had the program and had executed it on numerous occasions, and one of whom told me he was selling it at school for 50p.
What these kids don't realise is that they are breaching so many laws it's unreal. My contacts, my messages, my media files - the lot - in their hands. The fact that they can take all this in a matter of minutes... I mean it's fraud. Nothing more than stealing - and it worries me.
Not them though - the word "illegal" for some reason translates to "cool" among this lot.
What worries me even more is that they could potentially steal one's identity, given they access the right phone. Correct me if I'm wrong - people have served up to 10 years for identity theft.
Not that I think a second year high school has the brains or indeed the balls to do such a thing... but I'm pretty damn sure they're not the only ones who have BlooOver or other hacking devices on their phone.
Another program, which I can't remember the name of, had the ability to enter a mobile phone and practically destroy the SIM card's data and permanently disable the handset. This one, I think, was designed for the school bully - they get nothing but a "bit of a laugh" out of it.
Overall - pretty pissed. Technology advances, and so privacy plummets. I know there's nothing that can really be done about such occurrences. People are always gonna use Bluetooth for data transfer... and so many of those users will remain oblivious to the risk they run by using it.