Harris insists report she won't use Bluetooth headphones is ridiculous
‘There is nothing about this job that is supposed to be easy’: Kamala Harris dismissed criticism of her first year as VP during press interview and TWICE refused to say if she’d have done anything differently
- Vice President Kamala Harris bashed a new report last week claiming she thinks Bluetooth earphones are a security threat as ‘ridiculous’
- She said it was like saying ‘She’s going to buy a pot on her way to the airport’
- Also didn’t answer questions on if she learned anything in her first year as vice president or if she would have done anything differently
- Wants to travel more in her second year to promote the Biden agenda
- Harris is often seen using wired earphones for calls and former aides say it’s because she fears Bluetooth buds or pods could be hacked
Kamala Harris said in an interview Tuesday that the reports claiming she won’t use bluetooth headphones are ‘ridiculous’ and brushed off queries over whether she learned any lessons in her first year in the White House.
The San Francisco Chronicle published the vice president’s comments on Sunday from an interview last week as Harris continues to face mounting criticism and dismal approval rating numbers.
Surrounding these reports was a more bizarre report claiming that Harris didn’t use bluetooth pods because she felt they were a security risk.
Harris likened that to being as ridiculous as saying she was going to buy marijuana on her way to the airport.
‘Oh, how about, ‘She’s going to buy a pot on her way to the airport,’ Harris told the Chronicle.
She bashed the report from coming out ‘after a very significant and highly successful bilateral meeting in France on issues that are about national security, on issues that are about climate, on issues that are about what we are doing in terms of international norms and rules on everything from cyber to space.’
‘Come on,’ she lamented.
Former aides, according to the report, said Harris insists on continuing to use wired earphones because she fears that Bluetooth ones represent a security risk and could allow someone to intercept her communications.
Also in her interview with the Chronicle, Harris brushed off several criticisms of her performance as vice president and reports of a feud between herself and the president. She also did not address her failures in the role so far, like the southern border crisis.
‘There is nothing about this job that is supposed to be easy,’ Harris said.
‘If something is coming to me, it’s because it needs to be addressed and because, by definition, it’s not going to be easy. If it was easy, it would have been handled before it comes to me,’ she added.
Harris twice wouldn’t directly answer a question whether she wished she’d done anything differently in her year so far as Biden’s No. 2.
‘I love people, and there’s so much that we are doing that is directly impacting and with the people in mind,’ Harris said.
Vice President Kamala Harris bashed reports claiming she thinks Bluetooth earphones are not secure as ‘ridiculous’
She said her goal for year two of the administration is to travel more around the U.S. to push Biden’s policies after ‘two years of COVID.’
‘I have always felt that my responsibility as an elected leader is to go to the people, especially when their needs must be addressed and they must know that they are being seen and being heard.’
She says she wants to help people with ‘undiagnosed trauma’ and ‘anxiety’ related to the pandemic.
At a time when many users have moved on to the near invisible buds and pods connected through Bluetooth, Harris is frequently to be seen conducting remote television interviews with a cable dangling from her ears.
In a viral video clip showing the moment she spoke to Joe Biden by phone after they secured their 2020 election win, she has a tangle of white wires in her left hand.
The former aides told Politico that the vice president has long been careful about security and technology.
In a much shared clip of her congratulatory phone call with Joe Biden after their 2020 election victory was confirmed she can be seen with the tell-tale white wires in her hand
Harris can often be seen carrying a jumble of wires with her phone as reports emerged the vice president prefers using wired earphones because she believes they are more secure than wireless Bluetooth connections
From Bluesnarfing to Bluebugging: How Bluetooth technology can be hijacked by criminal hackers
Bluetooth technology transmits data wirelessly between portable devices over short distances.
While that can be handy for users, it also offers criminals an extra point of attack to intercept communications.
Types of attack include: Bluejacking – sending unsolicited messages; Bluesnarfing – hacking phones set to ‘discoverable’; and Bluebugging – compromising a phone so that it calls the hacker who can listen in to conversations.
While Bluetooth on phones has a range of about 30ft, laptops can have a range of 300ft, making them harder to secure.
This year the National Security Agency warned users that turning on Bluetooth in a public setting may present a cybersecurity risk.
It recommended that users ensure the device is not left in discovery mode when Bluetooth is activated and discovery is not needed.
Some said it was a prudent measure for someone handling classified information while others told the outlet it verged on the paranoid.
As well as using wired headphones to avoid Bluetooth, she also apparently prefers texting to email and does not allow her guests to wait in her office alone.
And a former aide said staff were told to have her visitors wait for her outside her office during her time as attorney general in California.
A request for comment on why the vice president prefers wired earphones went unanswered.
But Harris is not alone in the retro look.
Celebrities including Bella Hadid, Lily-Rose Depp and Zoë Kravitz have been spotted with corded earphones.
Fashion writers say the ubiquity of buds has led some trendsetters to look for something more distinctive.
When Liana Satenstein, a fashion writer at Vogue.com, saw Hadid with a wired headset in 2019 she described it as ‘strangely luxurious.’
Cybersecurity experts say there may be something in the vice president’s approach.
Although security has improved since Bluetooth was developed in the 1990s it still add an extra potential point of attack.
‘If Kamala Harris is using wired earbuds, then the communications going between her phone and her ears can’t be intercepted there,’ cybersecurity researcher and writer Kim Crawley told The Guardian.
‘I would presume that Ms Harris is privy to a lot of top secret and classified information and that top secret and classified information could be going through her phone, so no I don’t think that’s overly paranoid.’
Other presidents have chafed at security restrictions on their phone use.
I am not allowed, for security reasons, to have an iPhone,’ said President Barack in 2013 during a White House event.
Instead he was allowed only to use a Blackberry device, limited to communicating with 10 people.
But even that took a fight.
He was the first president in history to use email and he had to convince the National Security Agency to allow him to keep a mobile device in office.
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