Archives for : transmission

    Passive Radio Transmission Direction Finder

    Something I have been interested in for a long time. The more we use RF for data and voice, this technique becomes more effective.

    Here are a few links that may be of interest to others.,_light_dipole_harmonic.pdf

    Ham Radio Links

    Amateur Packet Radio Australian

    Aussiewide Packet Radio Network


    Queensland APRS Users Group

    VK2KFJ’s Packet Radio Links page


    VK5 AX25 Packet Network Map (VK5AH)




    Amateur Packet Radio Gateways

    Amateur Packet Radio, net 44, and AMPR.ORG `

    American Febo Enterprises







    G4JKQ TCP/IP Telnet listing

    G7JJF TNC Driver Support (WINTNC)

    High speed packet

    High Speed Packet radio

    High-speed Packet Radio


    K4ABT (home page)

    Linux® / Amateur Radio Information

    Linux AX25-HOWTO


    Packet Info and Downloads

    Packet Links

    Packet Net (VK5 packet map)

    Packet Net (FBB software)

    PAcket Digital Amateur Network (PADAN)

    Radio-TNC Wiring Diagrams


    Slovenian ATV/Packet

    Sound Card Packet




    TNOS Central


    WA4DSY 56k RF Modem

    Yet Another 9k6 Modem


    Sound Card Packet

    Sound Card Buddy

    Soundcard Interfacing

    Sound Card Packet AGWPE (KC2RLM)

    Sound Card Interface with Tone Keyer (WA8LMF)

    QDG sound card interface

    Return to Top


    Winlink! 2000

    Aussie Winlink

    Pactor Communications Australia


    Winpack home page

    Winpack info


    TNC information


    Setting Your TNC’s Audio Drive Level

    TNC and Radio mods


    MFJ-1278B Care and maintenance


    AEA radio and TNC mods

    Other suppliers


    Fox Delta



    The DXZone Digital and Packet Radio



    TNC-X – The Expandable TNC


    Amateur Packet Radio Gateways


    The Gateways Home Page


    High-Speed Digital Networks and Multimedia (Amateur)

    North Texas High Speed MultiMedia group

    Also take a look at the wireless LAN pages


    Aus APRS




    APRS in Adelaide


    APRS in the UK





    BYONICS (Electronics Projects for Amateur Radio)


    Dansk APRS Gruppe

    France APRS

    Kansas City APRS Working Group


    Live Australian APRS data maps


    Queensland APRS Users Group

    Tri-State APRS Working Group

    Other Digital Modes




    Morse Code

    CW Operators’ QRP Club Inc.

    Fists Down Under

    LEARN MORSE CODE in one minute !

    MRX morse code

    Not Morse Code, Slow Scan , Packet or APRS

    HamDream by HB9TLK (digital radio)

    JE3HHT, Makoto (Mako) Mori

    PSK31 and other PC Magic

    WSJT ACTIVITY IN AU (follow link)

    Amateur Digital Radio

    AR Digital Voice Communications

    Australian National D-Star

    Ham Radio digital info

    ICOM America digital

    Temple University Digital Voice Project

    Temple University Vocoder Redux

    WinDRM – HF Digital Radio Mondiale



    Australian D-Star information

    D-Star wikipedia

    ICOM America D-Star Forums


    Software Defined Radio

    FlexRadio Systems Software Defined Radios

    Rocky software for SoftRock-40 hardware

    SDRadio – a Software Defined Radio

    SoftRock-40 Software Defined Radio

    The Weaksignals pages og Alberto I2PHD (software)

    Digital Radio

    BBC digital Radio

    Digital Audio Broadcasting

    Digital Radio Broadcasting

    Digital Radio


    DRM – Digitaler Rundfunk unter 30 MHz


    Amateur Radio Direction Finding

    Amateur Radio Direction Finding and Orienteering

    Amateur Radio Direction Finding Webring

    Homing In


    Victorian ARDF Group Inc.

    Repeater Linking

    There are currently There are 5 internet linking projects that I know of :-

    IRLP,  iPHONE, iLINK, eCHOLINK and WIN SYSTEM (May 2005)


    Hamlink (K1RFD)

    KWARC (live audio)

    Internet Linking


    IRLP status



    G4CDY-L Internet Gateway



    VK2JTP iLINK gateway

    WB2REM & G4CDY’S  iLINK boards



    laser diodes

    A R Laser Communications

    Australian Optical DX Group

    Driver Enhancements

    European Laser Communications


    Amateur Radio Licence


    Worldwide Information on Licensing for Radio Amateurs by OH2MCN

    Amateur Radio Clubs and Organisations

    Also see ATV link page

    and VHF link page


    Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society

    Amateur Radio Victoria

    Barossa Amateur Radio Club VK5BRC

    Brisbane Amateur Radio Club

    Brisbane VHF Group

    Central Coast Amateur Radio Club

    Central Goldfields A R Club


    Coffs Harbour & District Amateur Radio Club

    CW Operators’ QRP Club Inc.

    Eastern and Mountain District Radio Club

    Gold Coast AR Society

    Healesville Amateur Radio Group

    Historical Wireless Society of South East Queensland

    Ipswich Metro Radio Group

    Lockyer Valley Radio and Electronic Club Inc

    Manly-Warringah Radio Society


    QRP Amateur Radio Club International

    Queensland APRS Users Group

    RADAR Club Inc

    Radio Amateurs Old Timers Club Australia Inc

    Radio Sport

    Radio and Electronics Association of Southern Tasmania

    Riverland Amateur Radio Club

    South Australian Packet User Group Inc. (SAPUG)


    South Coast AMATEUR RADIO Club


    Sunshine Coast Amateur Radio Club

    VK Young Amateur Radio Operator’s Net


    VK3BEZ (WIA Eastern Zone Amateur Radio Club)


    West Australia Repeater Group


    WIA VK4 Qld



    WICEN Australia

    WICEN Brisbane Qld

    New Zealand


    Papakura Radio Club

    Wanganui Amateur Radio Society Inc.

    Wellington VHF Group


    American QRP Club


    Clear Lake Amateur Radio Club





    K2MFF Amateur Radio club

    North TeXas Repeater Association


    The Repeater Builders Technical Information Page

    Richardson Wireless Klub




    Submarine Veterans Amateur Radio

    Southgate AR club


    The 500 KC Experimental Group for Amateur Radio

    Tucson Amateur Packet Radio

    W6DEK 435 Los Angeles

    Amateur Radio


    Australian AR Repeater Map



    Ham Radio in Australia with VK1DA

    HF Radio Antenna Tuners

    Queensland AR Repeater listings

    Radioactive Networks: Ham

    Tony Hunt VK5AH (Home of Adelaides 10m Repeater)

    VK1DA’s Amateur Radio Web Directory



    VK2BA (AM radio)




    VK3YE’s Gateway to AR










    New Zealand

    Micro Controller Projects for Radio Amateurs and Hobbyists

    Precision Frequency Transmission and Reception



    AC6V’s AR & DX Reference

    Amateur radio with Knoppix

    Amateur Radio Soundblaster Software Collection


    AMRAD Low Frequency Web Page


    Direction finding

    DSP Links




    eQSL (electronic QSL)


    Felix Meyer



    Gateway to Amateur Radio

    Grid Square Locator


    G4KLX (The [ON/]G4KLX Page)




    Hamview DSP software

    Homebrew RF Test Equipment And Software

    KB4VOL   link site



    KU4AY ham radio directory



    K1TTT Technical Reference


    K3TZ Ham Radio Experimentation

    K6XC (links)

    Lighthouses (International Lighthouse/ Lightship Weekend)



    Michael Todd Computers & Communications



    NW7US   (Amateur and Shortwave Radio)

    N3EYR’s Radio Links


    PI6ATV (ATV, Antenna, software, info)

    Radio Links

    Radio Corner (forum)

    Ray Vaughan


    streaming radio programs

    The Elmer HAMlet (information)

    VE1XYL and VE1ALQ

    WB6VUB (links)



    XE1BEF  (DX, mods, links and more)

    Communications Equipment


    Andrews Communication Systems





    Hamak (RM Products Italy)


    KENWOOD Australia

    Kyle Communications

    ICOM Australia



    Radio-Data (links)

    Radio Specialists (equipment connectors and antenna)



    Townsville CB& Communications

    TTS Systems

    VK4-ICE Communications

    WiNRADiO (PC based receivers)



    Vertex Standard


    Z Communications Company (repair of old radio equipment)

    See also Kits and components

    Radio mods, cables, connection info

    batlabs (Motorola radio connection, cable info)

    Hall Electronics

    Radio Mods (mods info and more)

    W4RP IC-2720H Page

    XE1BEF  (DX, mods, links and more)

    Please also look at manufacture’s sites

    Lightning Protection (video and links)

    K9WK Amateur Radio

    Lightning Protection Institute

    Marine Grounding Systems

    Moonraker boat lightning information



    RFI Lightning protection


    Amateur Spread Spectrum

    Spread Spectrum Scene

    Spread spectrum

    SS Info

    Call-sign finders

    The DX Notebook



    Equipment suppliers and manufacturers

    Easy-radio (your DNS server may have problems finding this site)

    Kits and Components

    Australian and selected international suppliers




    Antique Electronic Supply

    Antenna Systems and Supplies Inc. (sm)



    Clarke & Severn Electronics

    Cliff Electronics (Aus) Pty. Ltd


    David Hall Electronics

    Dick Smith Electronics


    Dominion Electronics


    Elliott Sound Products


    Fox Delta (ATV and more)

    Hammond Mfg

    Hy-Q International

    IRH Components


    Microwave Dynamics

    MicroZed Computers



    Mouser Electronics


    Oatley electronics

    Ocean State Electronics


    pacific DATACOM


    Prime Electronics

    Radio Parts

    R.C.S. Radio (circuit boards)

    RF Modules Australia (ZigBee) http:\

    RFShop (Brisbane)

    Rockby Electronics and Computers

    RS Components



    Silvertone Electronics

    South Island Component Centre (New Zealand)

    Surplus Sales of Nebraska

    Surplustronics (New Zealand)

    Tandy (Australia)


    TTS Systems

    WB9ANQ’s Surplus Store


    Worldwide Electronic Components http:/

    Also look at the ATV links

    PCB layout and schematic programs baas electronics LAYo1 PCB


    Electronics WORKBENCH Industries McCAD OrCAD TARGET 3001! Tech5 TinyCAD VEGO ABACOM

    Amateur Satellites and space



    AMSAT-ZL (kiwisat)

    CSXT Civilian Space eXploration Team



    ISS fan club

    SATSCAPE   (free satellite tracking program)

    Satellite tracking software





    IPS Radio and Space Services


    Near-Real-Time MUF Map

    Radio Mobile (path prediction)

    VK4ZU (Propagation)


    Satellite TV



    KRISTAL electronics


    Nationwide Antenna Systems


    SAT TV


    Radio and Scanning


    Brisbane Radio Scanner

    Extreme Worldwide Scanner Radio

    Newcastle Area Radio Frequency Guide


    New Zealand

    Kiwi Radio


    Wellington Scanner Frequencies


    ZL3TMB (Christchurch NZ)


    Frequency guide

    Incident Broadcast Network (including Australian feeds)

    Radio H.F.  (some ham stuff)

    Amateur Radio DX and Contest

    DX Cluster

    AA1V’s DX Info-Page

    AC6V’s AR & DX Reference

    Australian contesting

    Buckmaster callsign database

    DX Greyline

    DX Summit

    DX 425 News


    EI8IC Global Overlay Mapper

    eQSL (electronic QSL)

    German DX Foundation-GDXF

    GlobalTuners (provides access to remotely controlled radio receivers all over the world)

    Ham Atlas by SP6NVK

    Kiwi DX List

    Oceania Amateur Radio DX Group Incorporated

    Oceania DX Contest


    The AM Window

    The Daily DX

    IARU QSL Bureaus

    International DX Association

    Internet Ham Atlas


    IOTA groups and Reference


    IOTA 425

    Island Radio Expedition Fondation

    LA9HW HF Contest page

    NG3K Contest/DX Page

    Northern California DX Foundation

    Simple phrases in European Languages

    SUMMITS on the AIR

    Telnet Access to DX Packet Clusters

    The DX Notebook

    VE6OA’s DX Links Contest Club

    World of DK4KQ

    XE1BEF  DX and links

    Logging Software

    VK Contest Log (VKCL)

    VK/ZL Logger

    WinRD+ logging program




    CLX Home page

    DX CLUSTER programs




    DX PacketCluster Sites on the Internet

    DXSpider – DX cluster system is written in perl

    Packet Cluster user manual

    The DXSpider User Manual

    VE7CC-1 Dx Spider Cluster


    Short Wave DX


    Electronic DX Press (HF, MW and VHF)

    CQ World Wide DX Contest


    Longwave Club of America (also Ham)

    NIST time stations

    OK1RR DX & Contesting Page

    Prime Time Shortwave

    Radio Interval Signals


    SM3CER Contest Service

    The British DX Club

    Yankee Clipper Contest Club


    Radio Scouting

    Scouts Australia JOTA/JOTI

    The history of the Jamboree On The Air history.htm

    World Organization of the Scout Movement

    Australian Regulator


    International Regulator


    Electronic Information and technical reference

    AC6V’s Technical Reference

    Chip directory

    Circuit Sage

    CommLinx Solutions Pty Ltd

    Computer Power Supply Mods

    Discover Circuits

    Electronic Information

    Electronics Links and Resources

    Epanorama (lots of links)

    Electronics Tutorials

    Electronic Theory

    Fox Delta


    Hobby Projects (electronic resource)


    Information site

    ISO Date / Time

    Latitude/Longitude Conversion utility – 3 formats

    New Wave Instruments (check out SS Resources)

    Paul Falstad (how electronic circuits work)

    PINOUTS.RU (Handbook of hardware pinouts)



    RF Cafe

    RF Globalnet

    RHR Laboratories


    RS232 Connections, and wiring up serial devices

    RF Power Table

    Science Lobby (electronic links)

    Tech FAQ (technical information for mobile electronics installers)

    Electronic service

    Repair of TV Sets

    Sci.Electrinic.Repair FAQ

    Service engineers Forum


    Cable Data




    Coaxial cable data

    Coaxial Cable Page




    NESS Engineering

    RF Industries cables


    Times Microwave


    W4ZT Antenna cable chart

    50 W Coaxial Cable Information

    75 W Coaxial Cable Information

    Antique Radio

    Antique Electronic Supply

    Alan Lord

    Antique Radio

    Apex Jr

    Archives of Boatanchors

    Australian Vintage Radio MK II

    Australian Wireless (OZ-Wireless) Email List

    AWA and Fisk Radiola

    Crystal Radio


    Hammond Museum of Radio

    Historical Radio Society of Australia Inc.

    JMH’s Virtual Valve Museum

    John Rose’s Vintage Radio Home

    Klausmobile Russian Tube Directory


    Kurrajong Radio Museum

    Links to Vintage Radios (Amateur)

    Mike’s Electric Stuff

    Nostalgiar Air

    Phil’s Old Radios

    Radio A’s Vintage Radio Page

    Radio Era

    Rap ‘n Tap

    Replacing Capacitors

    Savoy Hill Publications

    South East Qld Group of the HRSA

    SEQG of the HRSA Crystal comp

    SEQG One Tube Radio comp


    The Vintage Radio Emporium

    The Wireless Works

    Triode Tube Data Tubesworld  (Valve Audio and Valve data)

    Vintage Radio

    Vintage Radio Times

    Vintage Radios and programs

    Vintage Radios UK

    Vintage Radio and Test Equipment Site

    Vintage Radio World

    Vintage Radio and Audio Pages



    Ye Olde Hurdy Gurdy Museum of Vintage Radio

    Valve Audio and Valve data Ake’e Tube Data CVC

    Data Sheet Locator


    Frank’s Electron tube Pages

    Hammond  Manufacturing

    House of Tubes

    High Voltage Tube Archive


    Industrial Valve Data


    NJ7P Tube Data Search

    RCA-R10 Data

    SAS Audio Labs

    Sowter Audio Transformers

    Spice Valves



    Tube datasheets

    Vacuum Tube Links

    Valves and Tubes

    Valve Data Links

    Valve Data

    Valves Unlimited

    Valve and Tube Supplies


    Audio Calculators and Links Calculators & References Links.htm


    Car Audio Australia

    DIY Audio

    Duncan’s Amp Pages

    Elliott Sound Products


    Norman Koren


    The Self Site

    The Class-A Amplifier Site


    DUBUS (VHF magazine)

    Elektor Electronics

    Harlan Technologies (Amateur Television Quarterly)

    Radio & Communications Monitoring Monthly


    VHF Communications Mag



    SETI Australia

    ISO 14443 contactless card

    An international standard for proximity or contactless smart card communication

    ISO 14443 contactless card

    ISO 14443 is an international standard which describes how contactless cards and terminals should work to ensure industry-wide compatibility, for example in identity, security, payment, mass-transit and access control applications.

    ISO standards are developed by the ISO, the International Organization for Standardization. Technical committees comprising experts from the industrial, technical and business sectors develop the standards to increase levels of quality, reliability and interoperability on a global scale.

    Gemplus has always had a strong involvement in ISO definition of the chip card standards, and has been represented in the development of this international standard. The ISO 14443 is divided into 4 separate parts outlining physical characteristics, radio frequency power and signal interface, initialization and anti-collision and transmission protocol.

    Gemplus has developed a wide range of contactless payment solutions based on the ISO 14443 international standard. The speed and convenience of contactless technology has created a significant demand for this sort of solution in environments such as fast food restaurants, gas stations, public transport services, banks and many others.

    Bluetooth – Security

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    1 Bluetooth
    2 Wireless- History
    3 Wireless- Technologies
    4 Bluetooth- Technical Introduction
    5 Bluetooth- Advantages
    6 Bluetooth- Applications
    7 Bluetooth- Security Issues
    7.1 The SNARF attack
    7.2 The BACKDOOR attack
    7.3 The BLUEBUG attack
    7.4 Bluejacking
    7.5 Warnibbling
    8 Future of Bluetooth
    9 See also:
    10 Reference List


    Bluetooth is a new technology that utilises radio frequency waves as a way to communicate wirelessly between digital devices. It sets up personal area networks that incorporate all of a persons digital devices into one system for both convergence and convenience.

    Wireless- History

    Many people put the invention of [wireless] radio down to Guglielmo Marconi, who in 1895 sent the first radio telegraph transmission across the English Channel. Only twelve years later radio began being used in the public sphere. [Mathias, p.2] Up until then however, many wireless pioneers conducted trials across lakes where the antenna used to transmit the signal was longer than the distance across the lake. [Brodsky, p. 3] After its introduction the main use of wireless radio was for military communications where its first use was for the Boer War. [Flichy, p. 103] The invention of broadcast radio ensured the feasibility of wireless technologies. [Morrow, p. 2] By the 1920s, radio had become a well-recognised mass medium. [Flichy, p. 111] From the 1980s until now, wireless communications have been through several stages, from 1G (analogue signal), 2G (digital signal) and 3G (always on, faster data rate). [Lightman and Rojas, p. 3] The history of Bluetooth is a much more recent one, with the first Bluetooth-enabled products coming into existence in 2000. Named after Harald Blatand the first, king of Denmark around twelve hundred years ago, who joined the Danish and Norwegian kingdoms, Bluetooth technology is founded on this same unifying principle of being able to unite the computer and telecommunication industr[ies]. [Ganguli, p. 5] In 1994 the Ericsson Company began looking into the idea of replacing cables connecting accessories to mobile phones and computers with wireless links, and this became the main inspiration behind Bluetooth. [Morrow, p. 10]

    Wireless- Technologies

    Bluetooth is not the only wireless technology currently being developed and utilised. Other wireless technologies, including 802.11b, otherwise known as Wi-Fi, Infrared Data Association (IrDA), Ultra- Wideband Radio (UWB), and Home RF are being applied to similar technologies that Bluetooth use with mixed results. 802.11 is the most well known technology, excluding Bluetooth, and uses the same radio frequency, meaning that they are not compatible as they cause interference with each other. 802.11 is being implemented into universities in the US, Japan and China, as well as food and beverage shops where they are being used to identify students and customers. Even airports have taken up the 802.11 technology, with airports all over America, and three of Americas most prominent airlines promoting the use of it. [Lightman and Rojas, p. 202-3] Infrared Data Association is extremely inferior to that of Bluetooth. Its limitations include only being able to communicate point-to-point, needing a line of sight, and it has a speed of fifty- six kilobytes per second, whereas Bluetooth is one megabyte per second. [Ganguli, p. 17] The Ultra- Wideband Radio is superior to that of Bluetooth in that it can transmit at greater lengths (up to 70 metres), with only half of the power that Bluetooth uses. [Ganguli, p.17] HomeRF is a technology that is not very well known. It is used for data and voice communication and targeted for the residential market segment and does not serve enterprise- class WLANs, public access systems or fixed wireless Internet access. [Ganguli, p.17-18]

    Bluetooth- Technical Introduction

    Bluetooth is a short- range radio device that replaces cables with low power radio waves to connect electronic devices, whether they are portable or fixed. The Bluetooth device also uses frequency hopping to ensure a secure, quality link, and it uses ad hoc networks, meaning that it connects peer-to-peer. It can be operated worldwide and without a network because it uses the unlicensed Industrial- Scientific Medical (ISM) band for transmission that varies with a change in location. [Ganguli, p. 25-6] The Bluetooth user has the choice of point-to-point or point-to-multipoint links whereby communication can be held between two devices, or up to eight. [Ganguli, p. 96] When devices are communicating with each other they are known as piconets, and each device is designated as a master unit or slave unit, usually depending on who initiates the connection. However, both devices have the potential to be either a master or a slave. [Swaminatha and Elden, p. 49]

    Bluetooth- Advantages

    There are many advantages to using Bluetooth wireless technologies including the use of a radio frequency, the inexpensive cost of the device, replacing tedious cable connections, the low power use and implemented security measures. The use of an unlicensed radio frequency ensures that users do not need to gain a license in order to use it. Unlike Infrared which needs to have a line of sight in order to work, Bluetooth radio waves are omnidirectional and do not need a clear path. The device itself is relatively cheap and easy to use, one can be bought for around ten American dollars, and this price is currently decreasing. Compare this to the expensive cost of implementing hundreds of cables and wires into an office and there is no competition. Of course, this is the main reason for the take -up in Bluetooth -enabled devices; it does away with cables. Another of Bluetooths advantages is its low power use, ensuring that battery operated devices such as mobile phones and personal digital assistants wont have their battery life drained with the use of it. This low power consumption also guarantees minimal interruption from other radio operated and wireless devices that operate at a higher power. Bluetooth has several enabled security measures that ensures a level of privacy and security, including frequency hopping, whereby the device changes radio frequency sixteen hundred times per second. Also within the security tools are encryption and authentification mechanisms that guarantee little interference by unauthorised hackers. [Ganguli, p. 330] One of the best advantages of Bluetooth devices, especially the hands free device that connects to a mobile phone, is that it removes radiation from the brain region. [Tsang, p.1]

    Bluetooth- Applications

    The applications that are in development or current use for the Bluetooth technology include such areas as automotive, medical, industrial equipment, output equipment, digital -still cameras, computers, and communications systems. [Lightman and Rojas, p. 201] Bluetooth is an ad hoc network user, and therefore it may be used for social networking, i.e. people can meet and share files or link their Bluetooth devices together to play games or other such activities. [Smyth, p. 70] Using Bluetooth, a mobile phone can become a three- way phone, where at home it connects to a landline for cheaper calls, on the move it acts as a mobile phone and when it comes in contact with another Bluetooth-enabled phone it acts as a walkie- talkie. This walkie- talkie option allows for free interaction and communication, as Bluetooth is not connected to any telecommunications network. [Gupta, p.1] Bluetooth also allows automatic synchronization of your desktop, mobile computer, notebook and your mobile phone for the user to have all of their data managed as one. [Gupta, p.1]

    Bluetooth- Security Issues

    Bluetooth has several threats which range in level of risk and how widespread the action is. These threats have the ability to provide criminals with sensitive information on both corporate and personal levels. The only way to avoid such threats is for manufacturers, distributors, and consumers to be provided with more information on how they are committed, current attack activity and how to combat them. This information can be used on a technical level for manufacturers, it can be used by distributors at retail levels to teach consumers the risks and it can be used directly by consumers to be aware of the threats. The outcome of such research will allow end users of Bluetooth products to have an upper hand in this wireless warfare. Bluetooth security is in early stages with regards to both the attackers, their techniques and consumers understanding of these attacks. Some research has been conducted into what the attackers are doing and how they do it. Adam Laurie of A.L Digital Ltd is leading the research race in Bluetooth security and is often linked to academic resources. Laurie’s research has uncovered the following capabilities of Bluetooth attacks:

    • Confidential data such as the entire phone book, calender and the phone’s IMEI.
    • Complete memory contents of some mobile phones can be accessed by a previously trusted (“paired”) device that has since been removed from the trusted list.
    • Access can be gained to the AT command set of the device, giving full access to the higher level commands and channels, such as data, voice and messaging.

    Attacks on Bluetooth devices at this stage are relatively new to consumers, and therefore are not widely seen as a real threat. Attacks such as the Bluejack attack are probably more recognised by consumers due to its perceived humorous and novelty nature as well as the ease to Bluejack someone. Users who allow their phone to be Bluejacked open the door to more serious attacks, such as the Backdoor attack which have a low level of awareness amongst consumers as attackers can attach to the device with out the users knowledge. Corporations are starting to understand the risks Bluetooth devices pose, Michael Ciarochi (in Brewin 2004) stated that ‘Bluetooth radios were included in laptop PCs that were being configured by an IT Engineer. It raises the possibility of opening a wireless back door into data stored on the PCs. Such a security weakness would be extremely attractive to hackers. Although Bluetooth invites hackers to such attacks; Bluetooth Venders are playing down the risks, Brewin (2004) said that ‘Bluetooth advocates last week dismissed growing security fears about the short-range wireless technology, saying any flaws are limited to a few mobile-phone models. They also detailed steps that users can take to secure Bluetooth devices’. There are many methods of Bluetooth attacks, the Snarf, the Backdoor, Bluebug, Bluejack and Warnibbling attack are the only recognised attacks at this early stage. Below are explanations of such attacks.

    The SNARF attack

    It is possible for attackers to connect to the device without alerting the user, once in the system sensitive data can be retrieved, such as the phone book, business cards, images, messages and voice messages.

    Local Copy: BlueSnarf_CeBIT2004.pdf

    The BACKDOOR attack

    The backdoor attack is a higher concern for Bluetooth users; it allows attackers to establishing a trust relationship through the “pairing” mechanism, but ensuring that the user can not see the target’s register of paired devices. In doing this attackers have access to all the data on the device, as well as access to use the modem or internet; WAP and GPRS gateways may be accessed without the owner’s knowledge or consent.

    The BLUEBUG attack

    This attack gives access to the AT command set, in other words it allows the attacker to make premium priced phone calls, allows the use of SMS, or connection the internet. Attackers can not only use the device for such fraudulent exercises it also allows identity theft to impersonate the user.


    Dibble (2004) explained that ‘Just as SMS was spawned, there’s a new craze that’s spreading across parts of Europe. Reportedly, it’s more prominent in the UK, but popular elsewhere too’. Bluejacking allows attackers to send messages to strangers in public via Bluetooth. When the phones ‘pair’ the attacked can write a message to the user. Although it may seem harmless at first, there is a downside. Once connected the attacker may then have access to any data on the users Bluetooth device, which has obvious concerns. Powell (2004: 22) explained that ‘Users can refuse any incoming message or data, so Bluejackers change their username to a short barb or compliment to beat you to the punch. For example, you might receive something along the lines of “Incoming message from: Dude, you’ve been Bluejacked.” Or, “Incoming message from: ROI is overrated.” Bluejacking is regarded as a smaller threat to Bluetooth as users being attacked are aware they have been Bluejacked. This does not mean however that they are aware that sensitive information is being accessed and used in a malicious manner.


    Warnibbling is a hacking technique using Redfang, or similar software that allows hackers to reveal corporate or personal sensitive information. Redfang allows hackers to find Bluetooth devices in the area, once found, the software takes you through the process of accessing any data that is stored on that device. Redfang also allows non-discoverable devices to be found. Whitehouse explains when testing Redfang ‘One of the first obstacles we had to overcome was the discovery of non-discoverable devices (it was surprising to see the number of devices that dont by default implement this security measure)’.

    Future of Bluetooth

    Further information, and somewhat speculation is required for consumers and Bluetooth stakeholders on the future of Bluetooth. Such information will provide a clearer understanding of why security of Bluetooth must be improved. Luo and Lee (2004) provide a short term prediction of where Bluetooth is heading, Europe and Asian countries already offer electronic newspapers, subway tickets, and car parking fees via wireless devices. Collins (2003) says that Bluetooth devices ‘appear to be more secure than 802.11 wireless LANs. However, this situation may not last, as the Bluetooth technology becomes more widespread and attracts greater interest from the hacking community’.

    See also:

    Reference List

    • Brodsky, I. (1995) Wireless: The Revolution in Personal Telecommunications, Massachussetts, USA: Artech House Inc, ISBN 0890067171 (Erin Watson)
    • Collins, G. (2003) Bluetooth Security. [Online], Available: Academic Search Elite, ISSN:0360-5280 [Accessed 6/9/04]. (Ben Henzell)
    • Dibble, T (2003) ‘Bluejack city: a new wireless craze is spreading through Europe’ [Online]. Available: [Accessed 4/8/04. (Ben Henzell)
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    Bluetooth Wireless Specification


    This article is about the Bluetooth wireless specification. For King Harold Bluetooth, see Harold I of Denmark

    Bluetooth is an industrial specification for wireless personal area networks (PANs).

    Bluetooth provides a way to connect and exchange information between devices like personal digital assistants (PDAs), mobile phones, laptops, PCs, printers and digital cameras via a secure, low-cost, globally available short range radio frequency.

    Bluetooth lets these devices talk to each other when they come in range, even if they’re not in the same room, as long as they are within 10 metres (32 feet) of each other.

    The spec was first developed by Ericsson, later formalised by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). The SIG was formally announced on May 20, 1999. It was established by Sony Ericsson, IBM, Intel, Toshiba and Nokia, and later joined by many other companies as Associate or Adopter members.

    Table of contents

    * 1 About the name
    * 2 General information
    o 2.1 Embedded Bluetooth
    * 3 Features by version
    o 3.1 Bluetooth 1.0 and 1.0B
    o 3.2 Bluetooth 1.1
    o 3.3 Bluetooth 1.2
    o 3.4 Bluetooth 2.0
    * 4 Future Bluetooth uses
    * 5 Security concerns
    * 6 Bluetooth profiles
    * 7 See also
    * 8 External links

    About the name

    The system is named after a Danish king Harald Blåtand (<arold Bluetooth in English), King of Denmark and Norway from 935 and 936 respectively, to 940 known for his unification of previously warring tribes from Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Bluetooth likewise was intended to unify different technologies like computers and mobile phones. The Bluetooth logo merges the Nordic runes for H and B.

    General information


    A typical Bluetooth mobile phone headset

    The latest version currently available to consumers is 2.0, but few manufacturers have started shipping any products yet. Apple Computer, Inc. offered the first products supporting version 2.0 to end customers in January 2005. The core chips have been available to OEMs (from November 2004), so there will be an influx of 2.0 devices in mid-2005. The previous version, on which all earlier commercial devices are based, is called 1.2.

    Bluetooth is a wireless radio standard primarily designed for low power consumption, with a short range (up to 10 meters [1], ) and with a low-cost transceiver microchip in each device.

    It can be used to wirelessly connect peripherals like printers or keyboards to computers, or to have PDAs communicate with other nearby PDAs or computers.

    Cell phones with integrated Bluetooth technology have also been sold in large numbers, and are able to connect to computers, PDAs and, specifically, to handsfree devices. BMW was the first motor vehicle manufacturer to install handsfree Bluetooth technology in its cars, adding it as an option on its 3 Series, 5 Series and X5 vehicles. Since then, other manufacturers have followed suit, with many vehicles, including the 2004 Toyota Prius and the 2004 Lexus LS 430. The Bluetooth car kits allow users with Bluetooth-equipped cell phones to make use of some of the phone’s features, such as making calls, while the phone itself can be left in a suitcase or in the boot/trunk, for instance.

    The standard also includes support for more powerful, longer-range devices suitable for constructing wireless LANs.

    A Bluetooth device playing the role of “master” can communicate with up to 7 devices playing the role of “slave”. At any given instant in time, data can be transferred between the master and one slave; but the master switches rapidly from slave to slave in a round-robin fashion. (Simultaneous transmission from the master to multiple slaves is possible, but not used much in practice). These groups of up to 8 devices (1 master and 7 slaves) are called piconets.

    The Bluetooth specification also allows connecting two or more piconets together to form a scatternet, with some devices acting as a bridge by simultaneously playing the master role in one piconet and the slave role in another piconet. These devices have yet to come, though are supposed to appear within the next two years.

    Any device may perform an “inquiry” to find other devices to which to connect, and any device can be configured to respond to such inquiries.

    Pairs of devices may establish a trusted relationship by learning (by user input) a shared secret known as a “passkey”. A device that wants to communicate only with a trusted device can cryptographically authenticate the identity of the other device. Trusted devices may also encrypt the data that they exchange over the air so that no one can listen in.

    The protocol operates in the license-free ISM band at 2.45 GHz. In order to avoid interfering with other protocols which use the 2.45 GHz band, the Bluetooth protocol divides the band into 79 channels (each 1 MHz wide) and changes channels up to 1600 times per second. Implementations with versions 1.1 and 1.2 reach speeds of 723.1 kbit/s. Version 2.0 implementations feature Bluetooth Enhanced Data Rate (EDR), and thus reach 2.1 Mbit/s. Technically version 2.0 devices have a higher power consumption, but the three times faster rate reduces the transmission times, effectively reducing consumption to half that of 1.x devices (assuming equal traffic load).

    Bluetooth differs from Wi-Fi in that the latter provides higher throughput and covers greater distances but requires more expensive hardware and higher power consumption. They use the same frequency range, but employ different multiplexing schemes. While Bluetooth is a cable replacement for a variety of applications, Wi-Fi is a cable replacement only for local area network access. A glib summary is that Bluetooth is wireless USB whereas Wi-Fi is wireless Ethernet.

    Many USB Bluetooth adapters are available, some of which also include an IrDA adapter.

    Embedded Bluetooth

    Bluetooth devices and modules are increasingly being made available which come with an embedded stack and a standard UART port. The UART protocol can be as simple as the industry standard AT protocol, which allows the device to be configured to cable replacement mode. This means it now only takes a matter of hours (instead of weeks) to enable legacy wireless products that communicate via UART port.

    Features by version

    Bluetooth 1.0 and 1.0B

    Versions 1.0 and 1.0B had numerous problems and the various manufacturers had great difficulties in making their products interoperable. 1.0 and 1.0B also had mandatory Bluetooth Hardware Device Address (BD_ADDR) transmission in the handshaking process, rendering anonymity impossible at a protocol level, which was a major set-back for services planned to be used in Bluetooth environments, such as Consumerism.

    Bluetooth 1.1

    In version 1.1 many errata found in the 1.0B specifications were fixed. There was added support for non-encrypted channels.

    Bluetooth 1.2

    This version is backwards compatible with 1.1 and the major enhancements include

    • Adaptive Frequency Hopping (AFH), which improves resistance to radio interference by avoiding using crowded frequencies in the hopping sequence
    • Higher transmission speeds in practice
    • extended Synchronous Connections (eSCO), which improves voice quality of audio links by allowing retransmissions of corrupted packets.
    • Received Signal Strength Indicator (RSSI)
    • Host Controller Interface (HCI) support for 3-wire UART
    • HCI access to timing information for Bluetooth applications.

    Bluetooth 2.0

    This version is backwards compatible with 1.x and the major enhancements include

    • Non-hopping narrowband channel(s) introduced. These are faster but have been criticised as defeating a built-in security mechanism of earlier versions; however frequency hopping is hardly a reliable security mechanism by today’s standards. Rather, Bluetooth security is based mostly on cryptography.
    • Broadcast/multicast support. Non-hopping channels are used for advertising Bluetooth service profiles offered by various devices to high volumes of Bluetooth devices simultaneously, since there is no need to perform handshaking with every device. (In previous versions the handshaking process takes a bit over one second.)
    • Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) of 2.1 Mbit/s.
    • Built-in quality of service.
    • Distributed media-access control protocols.
    • Faster response times.
    • Halved power consumption due to shorter duty cycles.

    Future Bluetooth uses

    One of the ways Bluetooth technology may become useful is in Voice over IP. When VOIP becomes more widespread, companies may find it unnecessary to employ telephones physically similar to today’s analogue telephone hardware. Bluetooth may then end up being used for communication between a cordless phone and a computer listening for VOIP and with an infrared PCI card acting as a base for the cordless phone. The cordless phone would then just require a cradle for charging. Bluetooth would naturally be used here to allow the cordless phone to remain operational for a reasonably long period.

    Security concerns

    In November 2003, Ben and Adam Laurie from A.L. Digital Ltd. discovered that serious flaws in Bluetooth security lead to disclosure of personal data (see It should be noted however that the reported security problems concerned some poor implementations of Bluetooth, rather than the protocol itself.

    In a subsequent experiment, Martin Herfurt from the was able to do a field-trial at the CeBIT fairgrounds showing the importance of the problem to the world. A new attack called BlueBug was used for this experiment.

    In April 2004, security consultants @Stake revealed a security flaw that makes it possible to crack into conversations on Bluetooth based wireless headsets by reverse engineering the PIN.

    This is one of a number of concerns that have been raised over the security of Bluetooth communications. In 2004 the first purported virus using Bluetooth to spread itself among mobile phones appeared for the Symbian OS. The virus was first described by Kaspersky Labs and requires users to confirm the installation of unknown software before it can propagate. The virus was written as a proof-of-concept by a group of virus writers known as 29a and sent to anti-virus groups. Because of this, it should not be regarded as a security failure of either Bluetooth or the Symbian OS. It has not propagated ‘in the wild’.

    In August 2004, a world-record-setting experiment (see also Bluetooth sniping) showed that with directional antennas the range of class 2 Bluetooth radios could be extended to one mile. This enables attackers to access vulnerable Bluetooth-devices from a distance beyond expectation.

    Bluetooth uses the SAFER+ algorithm for authentication and key generation.

    Bluetooth profiles

    In order to use Bluetooth, a device must be able to interpret certain Bluetooth profiles. These define the possible applications. Following profiles are defined:

    • Generic Access Profile (GAP)
    • Service Discovery Application Profile (SDAP)
    • Cordless Telephony Profile (CTP)
    • Intercom Profile (IP)
    • Serial Port Profile (SPP)
    • Headset Profile (HSP)
    • Dial-up Networking Profile (DUNP)
    • Fax Profile
    • LAN Access Profile (LAP)
    • Generic Object Exchange Profile (GOEP)
    • Object Push Profile (OPP)
    • File Transfer Profile (FTP)
    • Synchronisation Profile (SP)

    This profile allows synchronisation of Personal Information Manager (PIM) items. As this profile originated as part of the infra-red specifications but has been adopted by the Bluetooth SIG to form part of the main Bluetooth specification, it is also commonly referred to as IrMC Synchronisation.

    • Hands-Free Profile (HFP)
    • Human Interface Device Profile (HID)
    • Hard Copy Replacement Profile (HCRP)
    • Basic Imaging Profile (BIP)
    • Personal Area Networking Profile (PAN)
    • Basic Printing Profile (BPP)
    • Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)
    • Audio Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP)
    • SIM Access Profile (SAP)

    Compatibility of products with profiles can be verified on the Bluetooth Qualification website.

    See also

    External links

    Is there a risk of someone listening or stealing the information from a contactless card?

    One risk with contactless cards is the ability for the card to be activated when it enters a reader’s RF range without the owner being aware of it. To prevent a contactless card activation without the card owner being aware of it, the application can be configured to always ask for the owner’s authorisation (password, PIN or biometric) before providing any user information or processing on the user’s behalf.


    e level of security of communication required between the contactless card and the reader must be defined as part of the system design and security controls must put in place so that un-invited listeners cannot intercept the data in any meaningful way. For example, all of the contactless technologies can use data encryption to protect data on the card and during transmission; this helps to ensure that, if information is intercepted, the information cannot be used by the recipient. It is important that all of the application’s requirements be understood and defined prior to any technology selection and implementation so that the appropriate security features are designed into the system.
    Additionally, the contactless chip is designed to self destruct if anyone tries to hack into it.