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Hacking the Legislature

Intrepid Montana political reporter John S. Adams of the Great Falls Tribune published a great post up on his Lowdown blog over the weekend.

Brad Smith
Brad Smith

Adams took world-renowned computer security expert Brad Smith into the capitol in Helena and demonstrated — using a covert Bluetooth antenna and a cheap netbook — that quite a few Bluetooth-enabled devices at the legislature are not secure.

From Adams’ post:

Smith strolled the hallways as his computer scanned nearby Bluetooth-enabled devices and identified those that could easily be broken into. In about 30 minutes of wandering his computer identified seven smartphones and three Apple MacBooks that had unsecured Bluetooth signals, and eith cell phones that were not as easily hackable.

Read Adams’ full post for more details. You can also check out Adams’ video below.