Norwegian student tracks Bluetooth headset wearers by wardriving around Oslo on a bicycle

A Norwegian student who went wardriving around Oslo on a pushbike has discovered that several popular models of Bluetooth headphones don’t implement MAC address randomisation – meaning they can be used to track their wearers.

Norwegian state broadcaster NRK revealed Bjorn Hegnes’ findings after helping him analyse Bluetooth emissions from a dozen different models of audio headphones, contained within 1.7 million Bluetooth messages he intercepted. Hegnes was collecting the data as part of his first year project at Norof university.

The analysis was possible because Bluetooth devices generally default to broadcasting their unique identities. Yet it appeared that of all the headphones picked up by Hegnes, none of them implemented address randomisation.

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Source: The Register