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Evolving Threat: Flipper Zero ‘Spam Attacks’ Now Target Android and Windows Devices


October 27, 2023

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Evolving Threat: Flipper Zero ‘Spam Attacks’ Now Target Android and Windows Devices

Renowned for its initial notoriety with the Apple Bluetooth spam attack, the Flipper Zero pocket multitool continues to raise eyebrows as its disruptive capabilities extend to Android and Windows devices.

Recent reports indicate that the device can now perform Bluetooth spam attacks on these platforms, leveraging its wireless communication prowess to spoof advertising packets, leading to a barrage of connection requests.

This escalating threat unfolds as Flipper Xtreme, a popular custom firmware developer for Flipper Zero, unveils a new "spam attacks" feature set to roll out in the upcoming firmware release.

A Nuisance Gaining Traction

The method behind the madness is simple yet effective. Flipper Zero creates a relentless influx of pairing and connection requests by broadcasting spoofed Bluetooth packets to devices within range.

Initially targeted at Apple devices using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology, this nuisance has now reached Android and Windows.

Though primarily just annoying, the attacks could morph into sophisticated social engineering schemes should threat actors decide to exploit this avenue further.

The latest iteration of these spam attacks, dubbed "BLE Spam," consists of six different flood attacks, each tailored to a specific platform, including iOS, Android and Windows.

Mitigating The Bluetooth Blitz

The silver lining to this digital disturbance lies in the ability to disable these irksome notifications. Here's how:

On Android 14 devices:

  1. Open the phone's Settings menu
  2. Head to Connected devices
  3. Tap Connection preferences
  4. Head to Nearby Share
  5. Disable the Show notification option

On Windows devices:

  1. Open the device's Settings menu
  2. Select Bluetooth & devices from the left-hand menu
  3. Click on Devices
  4. Scroll down to Device settings
  5. Disable the Show notifications to connect using Swift Pair option

Securing Your Digital Footprint

Although the spam attacks are currently more of a nuisance than a grave threat, staying ahead of potential malefactors is prudent.

Using specialized security software such as Bitdefender Mobile Security for Android and Bitdefender Ultimate Security can significantly bolster your devices’ defense against malware, phishing attempts, and other digital threats.

Harmless For Now

The Flipper Zero's expanding disruptive potential serves as a reminder of the evolving digital threat landscape.

As its spam attacks diversify across platforms, users and cybersecurity enthusiasts must remain vigilant, adopting necessary measures to mitigate risks and ensure a seamless digital experience.




Vlad's love for technology and writing created rich soil for his interest in cybersecurity to sprout into a full-on passion. Before becoming a Security Analyst, he covered tech and security topics.

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