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Reasonable Precautions

This truly oddly framed article from Politico made the rounds yesterday, talking about how silly it is that she uses them:

But still, should someone who travels with the nuclear football be spending time untangling her headphone wires? The American people deserve answers!

Although they did eventually get close to the point:

While wired headphones have re-emerged as a hip vintage accessory among Gen Z, Harris’ embrace of them is less about fashion than caution. Former aides say that the vice president has long been careful about security and technology[…]

Before fumbling the landing:

with some describing it as prudent and others suggesting it’s a bit paranoid.

The Verge has a good roundup about the issues that make this quite a reasonable thing for the Vice President to take.

But for a high-profile public official, this is a lot more reasonable than you might think. As security researchers were quick to point out, Bluetooth has a number of well-documented vulnerabilities that could be exploited if a bad actor wanted to hack, say, the second most powerful person in the US government.
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