Here’s an interesting snippet of researchers determining how rapidly, and widespread, a virus traveling via Bluetooth can spread from one device to another. When you think of how we spread a virus from one location to another, and you consider the likelihood that a virus can ride from one phone to another, and possibly to the owners computer, you begin to envision how fast something could spread, especially since anti-virus software for phones is not widely used.

In case you’re wondering, here’s a Google search of 13,300 hits for Bluetooth virus. One of them brings up an interesting point, how secure is your car if it enables Bluetooth and you drive by someone that is infected? Think of the massive attack that could be perpetrated across the globe if a virus were able to disable so many devices at once.

— Wilson, T. (2008, February 29). ‘Phone Flu’ Could Infect Mobile Devices. Dark Reading.