Security experts have warned that billions of devices are vulnerable to a new type of virus that is spread undetected using Bluetooth.
Experts say the virus, dubbed BlueBorne, exposes a newly discovered vulnerability that means it can easily be spread across any device that has Bluetooth of devices around the globe.
Unlike most virus attacks, which require an internet connection and a link to be clicked or some form of malicious software to be downloaded, BlueBorne requires no internet connection and is able to spread from one device to another using Bluetooth, without the user’s knowledge.
Experts say BlueBorne could potentially affect 8 billion devices around the world and can infect devices running Windows, Android and Linux, as well as iOS devices running versions older than iOS 10.
This means that BlueBorne is a bigger threat than the WannaCry ransomware attack that crippled computer networks around the world earlier this year.
The virus was discovered by cyber security Armis Labs, who have released a series of videos warning of the dangers of BlueBorne.
Armis Labs first discovered BlueBorne back in April and have been warning tech companies ever since.
The good news is that some firms including Microsoft, Google and Apple have already rolled out updates to protect users from the threat.
However, many other devices from smartphones and printers to TV’s and even medical equipment remain at risk.
Armis Labs warns that any device that has Bluetooth is vulnerable and that the virus can be spread simply by passing within 32 feet of an infected device.
This advice to users, particular those who are running older devices and with outdated software is to ensure your software is up to date, even on devices such as printers and TV’s, which you may not typically think of updating.
A full analysis of the BlueBorne security threat can be found on the Armis Labs website.