A Tampa-bound JetBlue flight waiting for takeoff at Newark Airport was evacuated after members of the crew and some passengers received a photo of a suicide vest via Apple’s AirDrop.
Although the source of the photo is unknown, someone nearby – potentially a passenger, according to a report in the New York Daily News - would have had to share the disturbing picture through the Bluetooth technology.
“In the case of this JetBlue instance, there’s no real way to trace a Bluetooth MAC address to an individual or their device unless you were to confiscate all the devices from the passengers on the flight,” said Richard Gold, head of security engineering at Digital Shadows. “Even then, it’s unlikely you’d be able to figure the originating MAC address without forensically examining the devices which received the pictures.”
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