IoT security company Armis Labs has exposed a major threat endangering Android, iOS, Windows, and Linux devices.
Named “BlueBorne”, the attack is spread through Bluetooth and does not require the targeted device to be paired with the attacker’s device.
Once the hacker has used BlueBorne to access a target device, they can take complete control and conduct malicious activities.
“The BlueBorne attack vector can potentially affect all devices with Bluetooth capabilities, estimated at over 8.2 billion devices today,” said Armis Labs.
Google and Microsoft are rolling out patches to secure devices against the vulnerability, while iOS 10 is already protected against the attack.
“If you are concerned that your device may not be patched, we recommend disabling Bluetooth and minimizing its use until you can confirm a patch is issued and installed on your device.”