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Worm targets Macs via Bluetooth, 21.2.06


A new computer worm targeting Apple Computer Inc.'s Macintosh computers has been identified for the second time in one week, security experts said.

The new worm, called OSX.Inqtana.A, spreads through a vulnerability in Apple's OS X operating system via Bluetooth wireless connections, antivirus company Symantec said.

'We have speculated that attackers would turn their attention to other platforms, and two back-to-back examples of malicious code targeting Macintosh OS X ... illustrate this emerging trend,' said Vincent Weafer, senior director at Symantec Security Response.

The latest virus follows OSX/Leap-A, which was identified last week and believed to be the first such virus targeting the Mac platform.

That worm attempts to spread via Apple's iChat instant messaging program, which is compatible with America Online's popular AIM instant messaging program. (Full story)

Symantec said the latest worm attempts to use Bluetooth connections to spread by searching for other Bluetooth-using devices that will accept requests for a connection when the computer is restarted.

Bluetooth is a wireless technology used to transmit data among devices at short distances.

The worm spreads via a vulnerability in the OS X operating system called the Apple Mac OS X BlueTooth Directory Traversal Vulnerability.

If a Bluetooth connection is made, the worm attempts to send itself to those remote computers. However, the worm itself does not appear to pose an immediate threat.

"While this particular worm is not fully functional, the source code could be easily modified by a future attacker to do damage," Weafer said, adding that Mac users should install available software patches to their operating systems to prevent such attacks.

The latest worm was identified Friday. Both worms are ranked a Level 1 threat on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the most severe, Symantec said.

Notes on DriveBlue

DriveBlue+ Bluetooth Hands-Free Car Kit -
Bluetooth allows electronic devices to "talk" to each other without wires, and DriveBlue+ is an inexpensive way to make any car a hands-free Bluetooth environment.

It plugs into a car's cigarette lighter and detects any Bluetooth-enabled phone within 33 feet, establishing a voice-activated wireless connection. Simply tell the phone to turn on and which number to call and DriveBlue+ does the rest, even if the phone is hidden away in a briefcase. An integrated speaker with background noise and echo cancellation technology allows the driver to concentrate on driving and keeps the person on the other end from being inundated with speaker phone static. DriveBlue+ is available now at most major cell phone accessory stores for about $100.

[CLB: I realize this means drive with both hands while using your bluetooth enabled cell hands free. But take a little step with me. Couldn't related technology allow the steering wheel to remotely control the car's steering? Hand the wheel to your backseat driver, literally.]


  Your question about steering wheels being controlled is not far fetched. The so-called 'Skateboard' uses "drive by wire" technology to wirelessly control steering components. In fact the 'Skateboard' developed by GM includes all mechanical features and is upgradeable via firmware. Imagine the driverless future... GM already bundles DVD players in their cars and they have demonstrated driverless vehicles. GPS can be used at a resolution of less than 15 inches. With smarter cars traffic solutions will likely include a vehicle's ability to prevent collision and control distance and speed. It is only a matter of time before driverless gets beyond the limitations of road conditions.

-- tim

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"We shall need compromises in the days ahead, to be sure. But these will be, or should be, compromises of issues, not principles. We can compromise our political positions, but not ourselves. We can resolve the clash of interests without conceding our ideals. And even the necessity for the right kind of compromise does not eliminate the need for those idealists and reformers who keep our compromises moving ahead, who prevent all political situations from meeting the description supplied by Shaw: "smirched with compromise, rotted with opportunism, mildewed by expedience, stretched out of shape with wirepulling and putrefied with permeation.
Compromise need not mean cowardice. .."

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, "Profiles in Courage"


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