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Design flaw could open Bluetooth devices to hacking

Zhiqiang Lin

  • Associate Professor, Computer Science & Engineering
  • 614-292-0055

Mobile apps that work with Bluetooth devices have an inherent design flaw that makes them vulnerable to hacking, new research has found.

The problem lies in the way Bluetooth Low Energy devices – a type of Bluetooth used by most modern gadgets – communicate with the mobile apps that control them, said Zhiqiang Lin, associate professor of computer science and engineering at The Ohio State University. Lin presented the findings this week at the Association for Computing Machinery’s Conference on Computer and Communications Security (ACM CCS 2019).

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