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(Politico)   With nothing else going on in the world, Politico reports in the Vice President's dislike of Bluetooth headphones   (politico.com) divider line
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2021-12-07 9:41:13 AM  
Not only that, but it took three intrepid Politico reporters working in close collaboration, sharing all their resources, to crack this story. Maybe we could actually be looking at the foundation for a reboot of "All the President's Men." It's long overdue.
 
2021-12-07 9:48:38 AM  
I swear, if Harris or Biden said "The sun came up in the east today", someone on the Right would be outraged about it
 
2021-12-07 9:51:34 AM  
Bluetooth devices are a huge data leakage point if someone wanted to exploit them, so they are off the table for any Government-owned comms devices, peripherals, or anything else. AirPods for example, also have the ability to provide location tracking, which for someone second in the chain of command, is completely unacceptable and a national security risk.

In almost every DoD facility where there may be a mixture of Unclassified and Classified networks, everyone is required to leave their cellphone, non-DoD issued laptop, tablet, FitBit, or anything else that has any capabilities beyond a light bulb in a locker for the duration of their visit.

In the rare case that I needed to use my company laptop, a device waiver form was needed, and the wireless and hard-wired MAC addresses were recorded to track unauthorized attempts to connect it to the network.  I was issued a government approved hotspot for connectivity out of the building, which I assume passed all traffic through a dedicated LTE repeater in the building, and was decrypted and monitored accordingly.

So that's why the requirement for hard-wired headphones.
 
2021-12-07 9:51:41 AM  
Good advice from the Vice.
 
2021-12-07 9:52:47 AM  
After missing out on the nice french cookware scoop, politico has worked very hard to get this staggering exclusive
 
2021-12-07 10:04:46 AM  

markie_farkie: Bluetooth devices are a huge data leakage point if someone wanted to exploit them, so they are off the table for any Government-owned comms devices, peripherals, or anything else. AirPods for example, also have the ability to provide location tracking, which for someone second in the chain of command, is completely unacceptable and a national security risk.

In almost every DoD facility where there may be a mixture of Unclassified and Classified networks, everyone is required to leave their cellphone, non-DoD issued laptop, tablet, FitBit, or anything else that has any capabilities beyond a light bulb in a locker for the duration of their visit.

In the rare case that I needed to use my company laptop, a device waiver form was needed, and the wireless and hard-wired MAC addresses were recorded to track unauthorized attempts to connect it to the network.  I was issued a government approved hotspot for connectivity out of the building, which I assume passed all traffic through a dedicated LTE repeater in the building, and was decrypted and monitored accordingly.

So that's why the requirement for hard-wired headphones.


Lets not forget something else.

They don't sound that great compared to wired
 
2021-12-07 10:06:07 AM  

markie_farkie: Bluetooth devices are a huge data leakage point if someone wanted to exploit them, so they are off the table for any Government-owned comms devices, peripherals, or anything else. AirPods for example, also have the ability to provide location tracking, which for someone second in the chain of command, is completely unacceptable and a national security risk.

In almost every DoD facility where there may be a mixture of Unclassified and Classified networks, everyone is required to leave their cellphone, non-DoD issued laptop, tablet, FitBit, or anything else that has any capabilities beyond a light bulb in a locker for the duration of their visit.

In the rare case that I needed to use my company laptop, a device waiver form was needed, and the wireless and hard-wired MAC addresses were recorded to track unauthorized attempts to connect it to the network.  I was issued a government approved hotspot for connectivity out of the building, which I assume passed all traffic through a dedicated LTE repeater in the building, and was decrypted and monitored accordingly.

So that's why the requirement for hard-wired headphones.


Secure facilities don't permit wireless mice or keyboards either. It was explained to me that when technical security swept the building for bugs, they really didn't like finding unexpected radio transmitters. I have to give the VP two points for proper security here.
 
2021-12-07 10:08:44 AM  
It's not merely paranoia if the Russians really are trying to eavesdrop.
 
2021-12-07 10:10:27 AM  
Bad Politico, BAD! How can they do something like this?! Have they no shame? Anything for clicks I guess.
 
2021-12-07 10:10:44 AM  
While a growing number of consumers are going wireless, the vice president is sticking with the classics. She has long felt that Bluetooth headphones are a security risk.

That's because they ARE a security risk. The industry just refuses to come up with a less intrusive standard because data collection is beneficial to the bottom line.
 
2021-12-07 10:10:44 AM  
The gall of her, listening to the nation's infosec experts like that.
 
2021-12-07 10:11:51 AM  
It is funny but I don't recall stories about Mike Pence's chief counsel, domestic policy advisor, chief of staff, and press secretary all bugging out in the first year, but I get all these think pieces about the current Veep's managment style and choices all the way down to her choice of headphones.

I wonder what the difference might be?
 
2021-12-07 10:11:59 AM  
But her headphones!
 
2021-12-07 10:12:39 AM  
Derisively implying she has mental health issues (zomg phobia!!) despite her being being absolutely correct was a nice touch. *sigh*
 
2021-12-07 10:13:26 AM  

markie_farkie: Bluetooth devices are a huge data leakage point if someone wanted to exploit them, so they are off the table for any Government-owned comms devices, peripherals, or anything else. AirPods for example, also have the ability to provide location tracking, which for someone second in the chain of command, is completely unacceptable and a national security risk.

In almost every DoD facility where there may be a mixture of Unclassified and Classified networks, everyone is required to leave their cellphone, non-DoD issued laptop, tablet, FitBit, or anything else that has any capabilities beyond a light bulb in a locker for the duration of their visit.

In the rare case that I needed to use my company laptop, a device waiver form was needed, and the wireless and hard-wired MAC addresses were recorded to track unauthorized attempts to connect it to the network.  I was issued a government approved hotspot for connectivity out of the building, which I assume passed all traffic through a dedicated LTE repeater in the building, and was decrypted and monitored accordingly.

So that's why the requirement for hard-wired headphones.


This is true. The base I work on has a pretty strict no blue tooth policy.
 
2021-12-07 10:14:23 AM  

GregInIndy: The gall of her, listening to the nation's infosec experts like that.


TFG was using an old-ass Android phone that was no longer receiving security updates until they finally somehow got him to switch to an iPhone.  God knows how much malware and spyware was on that phone.
 
2021-12-07 10:15:35 AM  
I smell Pulitzer for   ALEX THOMPSON , RUBY CRAMER and TINA SFONDELES.   How many stringers does Politico have?
 
2021-12-07 10:16:39 AM  
Fu*k that biatch! She needs to be impeached!  (what 45's people think daily)

I'm not a fed employee with security clearances so I could care less about the Russians knowing what my girlfriend wants for dinner. Security aside, bluetooth headphones kind of suck.The new standard does sound way better than the old shiat, but I hate having to recharge shiat beyond my phone so I don't bother. Same reason I'll never own a smart watch. Mechanical perpetual movement or quartz for me.
 
2021-12-07 10:17:18 AM  

Sorelian's Ghost: It is funny but I don't recall stories about Mike Pence's chief counsel, domestic policy advisor, chief of staff, and press secretary all bugging out in the first year, but I get all these think pieces about the current Veep's managment style and choices all the way down to her choice of headphones.

I wonder what the difference might be?


she doesnt say crazy shiat on an hourly basis to drive clicks to their websites ?
 
2021-12-07 10:18:45 AM  
While a growing number of consumers are going wireless, the vice president is sticking with the classics. She has long felt that Bluetooth headphones are a security risk.

She's not wrong.
 
2021-12-07 10:21:55 AM  
I'm about ready to start looking for a new phone, and "3.5 dedicated jack" is one of my requirements.  I have decent earbuds, but the sheer convenience of a dedicated 3.5 is just too sweet.
 
2021-12-07 10:22:17 AM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: While a growing number of consumers are going wireless, the vice president is sticking with the classics. She has long felt that Bluetooth headphones are a security risk.

She's not wrong.


They aren't enough of a security risk to worry about if you're just some schmo who wants to listen to Taylor Swift while you ride the train in to work.  They definitely are a security risk to worry about if you are hearing top secret material.
 
2021-12-07 10:22:27 AM  
If you don't want to be intercepted, don't broadcast. Congratulations politico, welcome to ComSec 101.

/still prefer wired earbuds as well because I don't have to worry about charging them
 
2021-12-07 10:23:49 AM  
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The article really suggested that the VP would be unable to get to the nuclear football in a crisis because she got tangled up in her headphones.
 
2021-12-07 10:23:50 AM  
More evidence that she's exactly the same as Trump.
 
2021-12-07 10:25:43 AM  

jake_lex: listen to Taylor Swift while you ride the train in to work


Don't knock my secret love for Becky.
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2021-12-07 10:28:51 AM  
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2021-12-07 10:31:30 AM  
My kid is finishing a 6mo internship in aerospace system design at a major DoD contractor.

She cannot enter the secured areas of her facility with anything capable of transmitting a cell/Bluetooth/wireless signal. Even gotta take off her fitness watch. Makes complete sense.
 
2021-12-07 10:32:15 AM  
It's hard to believe that Kamala Harris could become a sitting Vice President without ever being vetted for possible headphone skeletons/intrigue, but here we are. It is, of course, a disaster for the Dems. They need to fire whoever didn't do this.
 
2021-12-07 10:33:12 AM  

OldRod: I swear, if Harris or Biden said "The sun came up in the east today", someone on the Right would be outraged about it


Well of course... because the Earth is flat!

/*ducks*
 
2021-12-07 10:35:19 AM  
Also,

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2021-12-07 10:35:39 AM  
Somehow, this will spell trouble for Democrats in the midterms
 
2021-12-07 10:35:45 AM  
FTFA:

The vice president's office did not respond when asked if there was a "fun origin story" to Harris' Bluetooth wariness, or for any background on the particular security risks Harris believes Bluetooth technology represents.

Is it so hard to figure out that they limited battery life, and if she's on the phone all day, she doesn't want them dying on her in the middle of a call with a lawmaker or world leader?
 
2021-12-07 10:36:11 AM  
Politico sounds butthurt that they can't eavesdrop.
 
2021-12-07 10:37:18 AM  
My God, next you'll tell me she uses unique passwords for all of her accounts, utilizes a password manager, and knows how MFA works.

Truly history's greatest monster.

Or she's like me and just hates recharging BT gear.
 
2021-12-07 10:38:39 AM  

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This is a fact statement. I would be a single issue voter for this alone
 
2021-12-07 10:39:29 AM  
There's a reason why Charlie Pierce calls Politico "Tiger Beat On The Potomac"
 
2021-12-07 10:39:43 AM  
From cookware to headphones, the media is all in on the "uppity negress" angle. I'd love for the VP to smash them to bits.
 
2021-12-07 10:40:00 AM  
Politico is trashy
 
2021-12-07 10:42:29 AM  
I know that, personally, I love using superfluous battery-draining radios for no discernable reason.
 
2021-12-07 10:42:43 AM  

MaliFinn: Politico is trashy


fixed
 
2021-12-07 10:43:13 AM  

tricycleracer: I know that, personally, I love using superfluous battery-draining radios for no discernable reason.


as one does
 
2021-12-07 10:46:01 AM  
I'm assuming no one at politico knows anything about security. They are dumbf*cks  after all.
 
2021-12-07 10:49:10 AM  
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Replace "eating crackers" with "wearing wired headphones," I guess.
 
2021-12-07 10:49:16 AM  

markie_farkie: Bluetooth devices are a huge data leakage point if someone wanted to exploit them, so they are off the table for any Government-owned comms devices, peripherals, or anything else. AirPods for example, also have the ability to provide location tracking, which for someone second in the chain of command, is completely unacceptable and a national security risk.

In almost every DoD facility where there may be a mixture of Unclassified and Classified networks, everyone is required to leave their cellphone, non-DoD issued laptop, tablet, FitBit, or anything else that has any capabilities beyond a light bulb in a locker for the duration of their visit.

In the rare case that I needed to use my company laptop, a device waiver form was needed, and the wireless and hard-wired MAC addresses were recorded to track unauthorized attempts to connect it to the network.  I was issued a government approved hotspot for connectivity out of the building, which I assume passed all traffic through a dedicated LTE repeater in the building, and was decrypted and monitored accordingly.

So that's why the requirement for hard-wired headphones.


We should not be looking at SCIFs as models of general use information security best practices.Thjats nto to say that there are no blue tooth vulnerabilities, but this overstates the case.
 
2021-12-07 10:51:32 AM  
I don't care about security, I was just tired of the wireless always needing a charge whenever I wanted to use them. Went back to wired ear buds.
 
2021-12-07 10:52:37 AM  

VanillaEnvelope: markie_farkie: Bluetooth devices are a huge data leakage point if someone wanted to exploit them, so they are off the table for any Government-owned comms devices, peripherals, or anything else. AirPods for example, also have the ability to provide location tracking, which for someone second in the chain of command, is completely unacceptable and a national security risk.

In almost every DoD facility where there may be a mixture of Unclassified and Classified networks, everyone is required to leave their cellphone, non-DoD issued laptop, tablet, FitBit, or anything else that has any capabilities beyond a light bulb in a locker for the duration of their visit.

In the rare case that I needed to use my company laptop, a device waiver form was needed, and the wireless and hard-wired MAC addresses were recorded to track unauthorized attempts to connect it to the network.  I was issued a government approved hotspot for connectivity out of the building, which I assume passed all traffic through a dedicated LTE repeater in the building, and was decrypted and monitored accordingly.

So that's why the requirement for hard-wired headphones.

We should not be looking at SCIFs as models of general use information security best practices.Thjats nto to say that there are no blue tooth vulnerabilities, but this overstates the case.


Given she's a major target for rival intelligence agencies, it's a pretty good model for her to follow.
 
2021-12-07 10:53:50 AM  

justanotherfarkinfarker: Fu*k that biatch! She needs to be impeached!  (what 45's people think daily)

I'm not a fed employee with security clearances so I could care less about the Russians knowing what my girlfriend wants for dinner. Security aside, bluetooth headphones kind of suck.The new standard does sound way better than the old shiat, but I hate having to recharge shiat beyond my phone so I don't bother. Same reason I'll never own a smart watch. Mechanical perpetual movement or quartz for me.


But you can see who sent you a message without taking your phone out of your pocket!

What kind of luddite commune are you from?
 
2021-12-07 10:55:11 AM  

markie_farkie: Bluetooth devices are a huge data leakage point if someone wanted to exploit them, so they are off the table for any Government-owned comms devices, peripherals, or anything else. AirPods for example, also have the ability to provide location tracking, which for someone second in the chain of command, is completely unacceptable and a national security risk.

In almost every DoD facility where there may be a mixture of Unclassified and Classified networks, everyone is required to leave their cellphone, non-DoD issued laptop, tablet, FitBit, or anything else that has any capabilities beyond a light bulb in a locker for the duration of their visit.

In the rare case that I needed to use my company laptop, a device waiver form was needed, and the wireless and hard-wired MAC addresses were recorded to track unauthorized attempts to connect it to the network.  I was issued a government approved hotspot for connectivity out of the building, which I assume passed all traffic through a dedicated LTE repeater in the building, and was decrypted and monitored accordingly.

So that's why the requirement for hard-wired headphones.


That's all well and good, but remember when she bought that expensive pot in Paris, France?
 
2021-12-07 10:57:47 AM  

markie_farkie: Bluetooth devices are a huge data leakage point if someone wanted to exploit them, so they are off the table for any Government-owned comms devices, peripherals, or anything else. AirPods for example, also have the ability to provide location tracking, which for someone second in the chain of command, is completely unacceptable and a national security risk.

In almost every DoD facility where there may be a mixture of Unclassified and Classified networks, everyone is required to leave their cellphone, non-DoD issued laptop, tablet, FitBit, or anything else that has any capabilities beyond a light bulb in a locker for the duration of their visit.

In the rare case that I needed to use my company laptop, a device waiver form was needed, and the wireless and hard-wired MAC addresses were recorded to track unauthorized attempts to connect it to the network.  I was issued a government approved hotspot for connectivity out of the building, which I assume passed all traffic through a dedicated LTE repeater in the building, and was decrypted and monitored accordingly.

So that's why the requirement for hard-wired headphones.


Oh, pishaw!  She should adopt a more lais·sez-faire attitude towards so-called "technology" like Hillary did.
 
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