Lucie Blackman Trust
In the wake of new concerns regarding ‘Bluetooth Hijacking’, the Trust has prepared the following guidelines. Bluetooth Hijacking is the phrase used to describe a situation where a victim receives a message on their mobile phone via Bluetooth, the mobile phone file transfer system.
This message can be threatening, obscene, or often pornographic. The victim, in extreme circumstances, may receive messages describing their whereabouts or clothing, terrifying them as it shows they are being watched.
The simplest and most effective way of avoiding this attack is to switch Bluetooth off on your phone. An attacker can access your phone if it is ‘visible’, ie it makes itself available to searching devices nearby. Only switch Bluetooth on if you are sharing files with a trusted person. Even if it is switched on, you still need to allow an incoming file to be sent to your phone. If your phone asks, simply deny access and turn Bluetooth off.
If you receive an unwanted Bluetooth transmission, immediately seek help. If on Public Transport, move to another part of the vehicle near people, or seek help from a member of staff / driver. Do not leave a bus / train on your own in a quiet place – continue to a safe place with lots of people, even if it means missing your stop.
If the message contains material identifying the sender, send it a friend and ask them to call the Police explaining where you are and what’s happening.
Always carry a Personal Alarm.
Do not switch your phone off after receiving a transmission – it could be a vital lifeline.
Consider using SafetyText –