Photo Shared via iPhone Leads to JetBlue Evacuation
A recent incident affecting passengers on a JetBlue flight demonstrates how security issues affecting Bluetooth could be abused by threat actors to target people with alarming or obscene messages.
On Tuesday an unidentified passenger on a JetBlue flight heading to Tampa, Florida, used the iPhone’s AirDrop feature to send an image of a suicide vest to several passengers with an Apple device on which Bluetooth was enabled. The incident spurred the evacuation of the plane. Bluetooth has been abused before by people to send unwanted messages such as explicit photos to multiple people in crowded places like subway carriages. Attacks like this are easy to execute because many people leave the Bluetooth service enabled on their mobile device. Unfortunately, attribution is very difficult.