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Obama's BlackBerry brings personal safety risks(electronic bull's eye)
CNET ^ | 02/12/09 | Chris Soghoian

Posted on 02/13/2009 9:23:57 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster

Obama's BlackBerry brings personal safety risks

by Chris Soghoian

When the mainstream media first announced Barack Obama's "victory" in keeping his BlackBerry, the focus was on the security of the device, and keeping the U.S. president's e-mail communications private from spies and hackers.

The news coverage and analysis by armchair security experts thus far has failed to focus on the real threat: attacks against President Obama's location privacy, and the potential physical security risks that come with someone knowing the president's real-time physical location.

Serial numbers

Before we dive in, let's take a moment to note that each mobile phone has a unique serial number, known as an IMEI, or MEID. This unique number is transmitted in clear text, every time the phone communicates with a nearby cell tower. Thus, while the contents of a phone call or the data session (for e-mail) are usually encrypted, anyone with the right equipment can home in on a particular IMEI and identify the location of the source of that signal.

The most common device used to locate a phone by its IMEI is a "Triggerfish", a piece of equipment that is routinely used by law enforcement and intelligence agencies. This kind of device tricks nearby cell phones into transmitting their serial numbers and other information by impersonating a cell tower.

The devices, which are actually fairly low-tech, were used to hunt down famed hacker Kevin Mitnick back in the 1990s. Most interesting of all, according to Department of Justice documents, Triggerfish can be used to reveal a suspect's location "without the user knowing about it and without involving the cell phone provider."

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TOPICS: Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: blackberry; location; obama; security
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The guy won't let go of his "cool toy." Obama and his infantile supporters deserve one another.
1 posted on 02/13/2009 9:23:57 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Cool... let’s subpoena all his emails.


2 posted on 02/13/2009 9:25:10 AM PST by pnh102 (Save America - Ban Ethanol Now!)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

And the myriad electronic devices his staff and security people have to have doesn’t give his position away?


3 posted on 02/13/2009 9:25:39 AM PST by Reaganesque
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Obama needs it to keep in touch with his drug suppliers and left wing handlers.


4 posted on 02/13/2009 9:25:48 AM PST by kabar
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To: TigerLikesRooster

mich u r a fox gonna put gays in army xxxooo The One


5 posted on 02/13/2009 9:28:30 AM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

This tech doesn’t give you a person’s location. It gives you the location of his phone. Big difference.

Even assuming the SS (poor choice of acronym) hasn’t thought of this and taken appropriate steps to modify O’s phone or spoof it to multiple locations.


6 posted on 02/13/2009 9:28:56 AM PST by Sherman Logan (Everyone has a right to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

He just needs it so he can check into Drudge’s latest headlines — has to be prepared for immediate damage control


7 posted on 02/13/2009 9:29:52 AM PST by jersey117
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To: All

He’s not in danger of bodily harm over the course of the next 4 years.


8 posted on 02/13/2009 9:31:54 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Okay. Who are we to interfere with his personal choices?


9 posted on 02/13/2009 9:32:45 AM PST by Tax-chick ("Global leadership means never having to say you're sorry." ~IBD)
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To: Tax-chick

WE are not. WE are criticizing them. Further, THEY (the Secret Service) strongly advised dropping it because it is a potentially large securtiy risk. Which can put HIS life and the lives of those around him at a higher risk.


10 posted on 02/13/2009 9:35:52 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Tax-chick

You do really need to digest the fact that criticizing someone’s personal choice is NOT ‘interfering’ with a personal choice.


11 posted on 02/13/2009 9:36:53 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: anniegetyourgun

And you know or believe this because of,..........?


12 posted on 02/13/2009 9:37:23 AM PST by garyhope (.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Sigh. I was attempting sarcasm of a sort, but obviously failed to achieve it. This is usually a sign of naptime, so I’ll shut down the computer and go find my catz.


13 posted on 02/13/2009 9:37:38 AM PST by Tax-chick ("Global leadership means never having to say you're sorry." ~IBD)
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To: garyhope

I read.


14 posted on 02/13/2009 9:38:50 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: TigerLikesRooster

We will see the “smoking gun” to how our economy collapsed on that BlackBerry. God has a funny sense of humor and I bet we get to see these in just the right time.


15 posted on 02/13/2009 9:38:58 AM PST by truthandlife ("Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God." (Ps 20:7))
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To: anniegetyourgun
He’s not in danger of bodily harm over the course of the next 4 years.

Wanna bet?

16 posted on 02/13/2009 9:41:44 AM PST by Centurion2000 (01-20-2009 : The end of the PAX AMERICANA.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
We've been way too hard on these politicians...I say let Obama keep his homing beacon blackberry...
17 posted on 02/13/2009 9:41:55 AM PST by Iscool (I don't understand all that I know...)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

If this is the truth, then we should make sure that he has a spare or two....you know.....just for “insurance”.


18 posted on 02/13/2009 9:41:56 AM PST by Howie66 (To the RAT Party: How can I question your patriotism? You have none, so what's your point?)
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To: Tax-chick

Sorry, I didn’t catch it. I am usually on the lookout for it, but we’ve had some people around here lately that say this stuff and mean it. You were a little more subtle than I normally have my radar tuned to.

My bad.


19 posted on 02/13/2009 9:42:43 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Tax-chick

LOL


20 posted on 02/13/2009 9:43:25 AM PST by Obadiah (Party - my house - on December 22, 2012!)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Obama’s immaturity and his lack of leadership, both are impaired by his lack of rest....goes to bed after mid-night, is perpetually late for appointments etc., does drink a bit and smokes, the latter two are consistent with most Americans but they are not in charge of a nation....President Bush was on time for all meetings and got plenty of sleep. Liberals see little wrong with playing in the White House while terrorist nibble away at our defenses....Obama really seems not to care.......just give him the money....


21 posted on 02/13/2009 9:43:29 AM PST by yoe
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To: TigerLikesRooster
"The guy won't let go of his "cool toy." Obama and his infantile supporters deserve one another."

That's not the issue. The real isssue is Obama get's to have private, unrecorded conversations with his creepy friends like Bill Ayers.
ALL phone conversations the president has are supposed to be recorded.
Why is he exempt?

I guess he needs to keep his coke dealer's name out of the Obama library too...

22 posted on 02/13/2009 9:43:32 AM PST by Nathan Zachary
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Zer() is such a dweeb. Had to have his toys to be a big shot along with his AF1 flight jacket. But may not be a good idea.


23 posted on 02/13/2009 9:44:37 AM PST by Pit1
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To: Tax-chick

Oh, just saw that all the other knuck-draggers here didn’t get your drift. Too bad.


24 posted on 02/13/2009 9:45:03 AM PST by Obadiah (Party - my house - on December 22, 2012!)
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To: Nathan Zachary

And THAT is the real point!


25 posted on 02/13/2009 9:46:05 AM PST by Obadiah (Party - my house - on December 22, 2012!)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

In response to the heading, I can only say that we can only hope.


26 posted on 02/13/2009 9:46:07 AM PST by Sig Sauer P220 (There ought to be one day -- just one -- when there is open season on Senators --- Will Rogers)
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To: TigerLikesRooster


27 posted on 02/13/2009 9:47:29 AM PST by musicman (Until I see a REAL C.O.L.B. BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Secret Agent Man; Ezekiel

One must be subtle when wishing the logical consequences of their choices to fall upon high government officials.

(And now, back to the catz.)


28 posted on 02/13/2009 9:48:03 AM PST by Tax-chick ("Global leadership means never having to say you're sorry." ~IBD)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
The Blackberry problem is not one of security, it's accountability. Everyone usually knows where the president is, at least to the cell level.

Presidential communications are logged and filed, so that there is a record of who called who when. In some cases a synopsis is filed too.

Remember in the Vince Foster hubub, it was found that there were three or four mysterious lines installed that went around the White House switchboard? It was fixed right away but was immediately recognized as an accountability problem (I think Hillary took credit for the lines).

So THIS president fussed and held his breath until he was allowed to keep an off-the-record personal communications device with no accountability, oversight, or transparency.

29 posted on 02/13/2009 9:49:37 AM PST by DBrow
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To: anniegetyourgun

Did you forget to put /s sarcasm?


30 posted on 02/13/2009 9:49:55 AM PST by mojitojoe (None are more hopelessly enslaved, as those who falsely believe they are free.)
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To: Tax-chick
“Sigh. I was attempting sarcasm of a sort, but obviously failed to achieve it. This is usually a sign of naptime, so I’ll shut down the computer and go find my catz.”

Well, I thought it was pretty good, and sarcasm that good deserves a good nap.

31 posted on 02/13/2009 9:50:43 AM PST by InterestedQuestioner (Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you and your household will be saved.)
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To: Ezekiel; Obadiah

Sorry, Ezekiel. I got the wrong prophet. Oy, this is getting weird.


32 posted on 02/13/2009 9:52:00 AM PST by Tax-chick ("Global leadership means never having to say you're sorry." ~IBD)
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To: anniegetyourgun
"He’s not in danger of bodily harm over the course of the next 4 years."

That's for sure. Islamo wacko's love him, they know what he really is. The leftwing moonbats all love him too, they love what he is. And then there's those who don't know what he is, but worship the ground he walks on anyways.

33 posted on 02/13/2009 9:52:39 AM PST by Nathan Zachary
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To: DBrow
So THIS president fussed and held his breath until he was allowed to keep an off-the-record personal communications device with no accountability, oversight, or transparency.

I wonder if the inevitable court challenge will succeed?

34 posted on 02/13/2009 9:53:21 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (This disaster brought to you by the failed Obama administration.)
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To: mojitojoe

Not at all. It’s his second term that will be a doozie.


35 posted on 02/13/2009 9:54:28 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: Nathan Zachary

Yep. It’s the strong delusion that was foretold.


36 posted on 02/13/2009 9:56:28 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: Reaganesque

You may very well be right about giving his position but I think you are referring to his physical (gps) position.

My take on his umbilical connection to his Blackberry is that his handlers need to have a telepromting leash on him. He does quite well responding to situations where he can read responses from a screen.

In an impromptu environment, he stammers and stutters his way through an answer. It is my judgment that he is the ultimate stealth president and is being controlled by others and the Blackberry is but one way in which that is done.


37 posted on 02/13/2009 9:56:48 AM PST by burroak
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To: Nathan Zachary
"He’s not in danger of bodily harm over the course of the next 4 years."

That's for sure. Islamo wacko's love him, they know what he really is. The leftwing moonbats all love him too, they love what he is. And then there's those who don't know what he is, but worship the ground he walks on anyways.

And hard-working honest taxpayers, who may well be seething with anger, are no physical threat either. The worst they'll do is up their tax deductions and call their elected "representatives" and voice their frustrations into the echo chamber.

38 posted on 02/13/2009 9:58:56 AM PST by Think free or die
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To: TigerLikesRooster
The guy won't let go of his "cool toy."

He's just indulging in a little electronic self-gratification... Perhaps his other "cool toy" isn't quite so functional?!?

39 posted on 02/13/2009 9:59:21 AM PST by MortMan (Power without responsibility-the prerogative of the harlot throughout the ages. - Rudyard Kipling)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Wow, Soros can text! Who’d a thunk it?


40 posted on 02/13/2009 10:01:47 AM PST by Entrepreneur (The environmental movement is filled with watermelons - green on the outside, red on the inside)
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To: yoe

Good summary of our 0 problem


41 posted on 02/13/2009 10:04:06 AM PST by dennisw (Archimedes--- Give me a place to stand, and I will move the Earth)
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To: anniegetyourgun

Thanks for the non answer.

What exactly do you mean or read?


42 posted on 02/13/2009 10:04:11 AM PST by garyhope (.)
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To: yoe
Zero's arrogance is going to be the means to the (his) end - one way or another. . .
43 posted on 02/13/2009 10:06:10 AM PST by ninergold3 ("Has it ever occurred to you that nothing occurs to God?" -Mark Lowry)
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To: burroak

All blackberry models like Obama has have gps. His was most likely altered to fix that security concern. But the other concern remains- O-dummy’s un- accountability.
He should not be allowed to have private conversations with who knows who. We should know who he’s paying off and making deals with.


44 posted on 02/13/2009 10:09:10 AM PST by Nathan Zachary
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To: TigerLikesRooster

He uses it to get instructions on how to do the job.


45 posted on 02/13/2009 10:22:57 AM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

“...the real threat: attacks against President Obama’s location privacy...”

And that is bad news?


46 posted on 02/13/2009 10:23:22 AM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

If his blackberry is on, it can be absolutely pinpointed, assuming he has service. And it has nothing to do with GPS.


47 posted on 02/13/2009 10:24:24 AM PST by RobRoy (Islam is a greater threat to the world today than Nazism was in the 1930's.)
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To: anniegetyourgun

Not unless Iran or someone nukes D.C.


48 posted on 02/13/2009 10:26:57 AM PST by Cementjungle
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Ahhmm Barrack......

Incoming text from Amadenijad.......

49 posted on 02/13/2009 10:29:29 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (WHAT? Where did my tag line go? (ACORN))
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To: Centurion2000

Yeah, but I probably won’t be around to collect.


50 posted on 02/13/2009 10:30:34 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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