Yes folks – you heard it – strange pranksters are actually standing within 10 metres of people with Bluetooth enabled phones and trying to .. ermm.. well.. I don’t quite know what they’re trying to do really.. I’ll leave that up to this young’un (who runs BlueJackQ.com) to explain..
What is bluejacking?
So, we’ve got past the boring part. Now, using a phone with Bluetooth, you can create a phonebook contact and write a message, eg. ‘Hello, you’ve been bluejacked’, in the ‘Name’ field. Then you can search for other phones with Bluetooth and send that phonebook contact to them. On their phone, a message will popup saying “‘Hello, you’ve been bluejacked’ has just been received by Bluetooth” or something along those lines. For most ‘victims’ they will have no idea as to how the message appeared on their phone. So, personalised messages like ‘I like your stripey pink top’ and the startled expressions that result is where the fun really starts.
..and here she is, feverishly hammering away in his pockets while a pretty lady walks past…
The worst thing about this is that the DAD took the pictures of the random women ! :) Also, this kids’ site has already had half-a-million hits! This probably isn’t a good hobby to take up – and will probably get you arrested… not least because you’ll be attempting to follow women at a VERY close range (less than 10 metres) whilst fiddling around inside your pockets…..!!!!
More info – click here – BlueJackQ.com
Whilst this isn’t as advanced or as easy as wi-fi “jacking”, he does go into great detail – including exactly how it is done…
1. Get your hands on a Bluetooth-enabled device (mobile phone, PDA, laptop). For the majority of us, we’ll be using phones, so for this guide I will assume that you will be too.
2. Create a new phone book contact, with the message you want to send to someone in the ‘Name’ field. e.g. ‘I like the look of your cappuccino'(Yeah .. cappuccino.. riiiiiggghhhtt… I’m sure that’s what you’re messaging this gorgeous girls for… – Gears)
3. Go to a busy place (see Tips & Tricks for examples of good bluejacking spots) .. (Should you wear a long coat too? And maybe lurk in the shadows? Yes, you’re gonna get arrested! – Gears)
4. Select the contact you made earlier, and choose ‘Send via Bluetooth’
5. Your phone will search for other Bluetooth devices roughly 10 metres around you. It will either list available devices, or say none could be found. If it doesn’t find any, choose another spot.
6. Your phone will list the names of devices in range. Sometimes the names will give you a clue to the model of phone.
7. Select one of these devices listed for your phone book contact to be sent to.
8. If all goes well, your contact will be sent to the selected device
9. If you can, try to casually look around you and see if you spot anybody with a bluetooth enabled phone/device nearby looking truly puzzled. It would help greatly if you know which phones have Bluetooth and which don’t. This way, you can eliminate anybody who is looking at, say, their Nokia 3310 which doesn’t have Bluetooth.
10. The rest, as they say, is up to you.
… like explaining yourself to the police for lurking right next to people in the train station ? Ok – I’ll stop poking fun now… :) Actually – if you live in London and you’re crammed into your tube on Monday morning, you’ve got a definite chance of beaming your contact to about 50 people around you! :) :) :)