Tuesday, July 22, 2008
--Gordon Brown Aide's BlackBerry Stolen on China Trip (July 20, 2008) An aide to UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown fell prey to a likely "honeytrap" scheme in January when his BlackBerry phone was stolen after he brought a woman he met at a disco in China back to his hotel room.
The aide was accompanying the PM on the trip; he reported the device missing the next morning. Officials suspect the incident was orchestrated by Chinese intelligence. It was not disclosed whether the device held top-secret information, but even so, it could potentially be used to gain access to the Downing Street server. Blackberrys used by Downing Street staff are password-protected but most are not encrypted. The aide has been informally reprimanded.
[Editor's Note (Ullrich): A nice reminder to leave electronic devices at home when traveling abroad. And if you are geek enough to take them, being all for sudden popular with women is a dead giveaway for an intelligence operation.
(Northcutt): Classic! If you know anyone going to the Olympics, please share this story with them and suggest they leave their laptops and other electronics at home. This will be a field day for Chinese intelligence gathering. They have been targeting people and are quite
(Paller) Or take "travel-tops" and "travel-phones" that are throw-aways without sensitive data or access to sensitive systems.
I especially liked the comment "being all for sudden popular with women"! That one raised a chuckle.
Unless the chinese telco's block the IPsec ports then this probably couldn't happen with a WM6.1 device running under SCMDM and better yet you'd be able to wipe it remotely to eliminate the risk of compromise. If the vpn comes up you're golden.
And as for the bit about Gubmit employees using phones that aren't encrypted, that's a bit of a shocker. WM6.1 would have taken care of that nicely, too.
Better would be using your phone with a Redfly (what the editor referred to as a "travel-top", although I hadn't heard it called that before). No need to take your laptop with you at all. Link here: http://www.celiocorp.com/
 Not the same kind of compromise as the article speaks to ;-)
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Hadn't seen mention of it, so I'll do it here: the MDM Team Blog is now open for business. Link here: http://blogs.technet.com/scmdm/archive/2008/06/16/welcome-to-the-system-center-mobile-device-manager-product-team-blog.aspx
Dieter's team are just wonderful and he's a great guy. They're already participating en masse in the technet forum, and I have no doubt that you'll glean some useful gems from this link also.
On the not-quite-so-professional front, here's a pretty picture:
The 17th, and signature, hole at Summerbrooke Golf Club in Tallahassee, FL. Right around the corner from where I live. Actually, it's not even 300 yds away from my front door, and I've driven by it on an almost daily basis for the past 5 yrs, but have only played the course a dozen or so times.
I aced it today.
The sweetest 7-iron you could ever hope to hit. One bounce, and it was in the hole.
I know that's the object of the exercise, but actually doing it (after a gazillion mis-starts) makes the actuality of it all come as quite a shock. A nice shock, but a shock all the same.
It's not a joke when I say it took 40 years for it to happen for me. I don't play anything like as often as I'd like to, and my dad introduced me to the game when I was about 4 yrs old.
And for the cheapskates out there, Weds at 3pm is a tremendous time to get a hole-in-one. There will be nobody in the bar.
If you want to share the joy, however, plan on coming back later (as I did