Cell phone manufacturer Nokia recently admitted that several of its Bluetooth-enabled phones are vulnerable to attack, which could result in a hacker gaining access to personal data stored on a targeted phone.
Meanwhile, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), which, unlike the Wi-Fi Alliance, doesnt test products for compliance with the Bluetooth standard, said the problem boils down to how a particular wireless device manufacturer uses the Bluetooth specification.
The Nokia phones affected by the security vulnerabilities are models 6310, 6310i, 8910 and 8910i, according to Keith Nowak, a Nokia spokesperson. All four are older models of Nokia phones, Nowak added, and the only one that was sold in the United States was the 6310i.
A blog, maintained by Adam Laurie, has been put in place to track news about the vulnerabilities; a list of the affected phones on the site includes several Sony Ericsson phones as well as the Nokia models. (Laurie is a principal at the United Kingdoms A.L. Digital Ltd., which first called attention to the security vulnerabilities.)