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Virus takes over phones without notice

Posted at 6:20 PM, Jan 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-13 22:28:15-04

There's a virus that can get into your phone just because you have it on.

It allows hackers to gain control, take your pictures, your contacts and whatever else you have stored in it.

And they do it without you ever knowing.

It's called a "BlueBorne" attack and uses Bluetooth to get in.

So any device you have with Bluetooth on, including voice-activated speakers could be vulnerable.

Because it depends on Bluetooth, the attack has to be launched within about 30 feet of the device

And phones with older operating systems are most vulnerable.

Data Doctors Ken Colburn says Apple fixed the problem with IPhone operating systems 10 or higher.

Go to your settings to find that.

For android phones, there is a free app by the company that discovered the virus, Armis labs.

It will tell you if your device is vulnerable.

Most companies have created a patch, or a fix to prevent the problem.

And you may have that fix if your phone gets updates.