Because he risks being spotted by his smart exercise bike, will US President Joe Biden have to give up his training on his Peloton machine at the White House?
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Several experts questioned the media on Thursday about the risk to the security of the US president of training on a stationary bike with an interactive tablet.
Connected to the internet via a microphone and a camera, the popular Peloton exercise bike allows live monitoring of group training sessions, a configuration that can be problematic for security at the White House.
According to the New York Times, Joe Biden has so far started his days at his family home in Delaware with an exercise routine that includes weights, a treadmill and a Peloton exercise bike.
The brand has become very popular with the pandemic, and home exercise in connection with fellow believers is booming.
“Because you are connected to the internet, even with computer firewalls and intrusion detection software (…), if you are a competent intruder, you can bypass these barriers”, estimates Max Kilger, expert in University of Texas cybersecurity as cited by Popular Mechanics magazine.
“If you really want Peloton to be secure, you have to remove the camera, remove the microphone, remove the equipment from the network… In short, you just have a boring bike left,” he sums up.
The problem should not be insoluble for the president’s security services.
In 2017, according to Popular Mechanics, Michelle Obama had already brought a Peloton machine into the White House by removing the microphone and camera.
The question aroused the interest of room cyclists on the “Peloton Forum” forum hosted by the indoor sports equipment brand, under the banner “Joe Biden has a Peloton”. “What is his customary name?” I would love to cheer on Uncle Joe, ”said one participant. “Can we avoid political subjects and stick to formatting?” Protested another.
A sign that the impact of these connected devices is taken seriously by the security authorities, in 2018 the Pentagon banned FitBit fitness watches for soldiers.
These applications using geolocation could expose the location of American bases.
Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my [email protected] 1-800-268-7116