The topic is based on Bluebugging. This article tells how it impacts India’s Science and Technology. 

Relevance for Prelims: Cyber Security, Cyber Warfare

Relevance for Mains: Challenges to Internal Security

Context: Smartphones which have their Bluetooth settings on are vulnerable to Bluebugging.


Pic: Bluebugging

About Bluebugging

It is a form of hacking that let attackers access a device through a discoverable Bluetooth connection.

It could allow hackers to gain unauthorized access to these apps and devices and control them as per their wishes throughout the process.

If a device is blue-bugged, a hacker can listen to the calls, read and send messages and steal and modify contacts. Devices with the most sophisticated technology and security are vulnerable to blue bugging.

Measures that could be taken for prevention:

  1. Limited use of Public Wi-Fi
  2. Update the device to the latest software version
  3. Making Bluetooth undiscoverable from Bluetooth settings.
  4. Monitoring sudden spikes in data
  5. Usage of anti-virus software

UPSC PYQ 2017 Prelims

  1. In India, it is legally mandatory for which of the following to report on cyber security incidents? (2017)
  1. Service providers
  2. Data centers
  3. Body corporate

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

(a) 1 only
(b) 1 and 2 only
(c) 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3

Ans: (d)


  • According to section 70B of the Information Technology Act, 2000 (IT Act), the Union Government by notification should appoint an agency named Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERTIn) to serve as the national agency for incident response.
  • The Union Government under section 70B of the IT Act, 2000 established and notified rules of CERT-In in 2014. According to Rule 12(1)(a), it is mandatory for service providers, intermediaries, data centers, and corporate bodies to report cyber security incidents to CERT-In within a reasonable time of occurrence of the incident. Hence, 1, 2, and 3 are correct.
  • Therefore, option D is the correct answer.


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