Cell Phones, Brain Cancer and Public Health with Katie Singer

Cell Phones, Brain Cancer and Public Health with Katie Singer

Posted by Ryan Munsey | December 29, 2016

20 minutes of cell phone usage breaks the double-strands of our DNA.

If our body’s repair systems cant keep up with these breaks, cancer and birth defects can result. [1]

Using a digital cell phone as a teenager or younger increases brain cancer risk by 420%. [2]

These are just a few of the startling statistics published in well respected, peer reviewed journals (like the International Journal of Oncology) that I found when I began investigating the safety of cell phone usage.

What surprised me most was not that I could find data to support the claims of cells phones causing cancer.

The biggest surprise was the volume of science-backed data that calls into question the safety of cell phones and other electronic devices.

I kept digging and kept asking questions.

Why aren’t these studies more widely circulated?

Why aren’t communication companies and the government doing more to prevent these public health concerns?

Are cell phones and other electronics as safe as we think they are?

You’re not going to like the answers…

Me: “Sounds like the government is making up laws to facilitate technology at the cost of human and biological ?

Katie: “Exactly right”

Meet Katie Singer

Katie Singer is the author of An Electronic Silent Spring and she serves as a consultant for the Electromagnetic Radiation Policy (EMRP) Institute, a 20-year-old watchdog group.

I was connected to Katie by Joel Moskowitz, the director of UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health. (Joel declined my OPP invite due to the unique status of his position and to maintain neutrality/diplomacy in academia.)

Our goal with this post and this podcast is simply to inform you.

Both Katie and I want you to be armed with the full spectrum of knowledge regarding electronics, technology, and the policies that

“It’s about being informed and making an educated decision for yourself”

Full article at:

https://www.naturalstacks.com/blogs/news/cell-phones-brain-cancer-and-public-health-with-katie-singer

Pizza place left in the dark after installation of unwanted smart meter

Pizza place left in the dark after installation of unwanted smart meter

Wednesday, December 28th 2016, 6:49 pm EST

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Smart electricity meters can be dangerously insecure, warns expert

Smart electricity meters can be dangerously insecure, warns expert

Hackers can cause fraud, explosions and house fires, and utility companies should do more to protect consumers, conference told

Smart meters are frequently dangerously insecure, a security expert has warned.
Smart meters are frequently dangerously insecure, a security expert has warned.

Smart electricity meters, of which there are more than 100m installed around the world, are frequently “dangerously insecure”, a security expert has said.

The lack of security in the smart utilities raises the prospect of a single line of malicious code cutting power to a home or even causing a catastrophic overload leading to exploding meters or house fires, according to Netanel Rubin, co-founder of the security firm Vaultra.

“Reclaim your home,” Rubin told a conference of hackers and security experts, “or someone else will.”

If a hacker took control of a smart meter they would be able to know “exactly when and how much electricity you’re using”, Rubin told the 33rd Chaos Communications Congress in Hamburg. An attacker could also see whether a home had any expensive electronics.

“He can do billing fraud, setting your bill to whatever he likes … The scary thing is if you think about the power they have over your electricity. He will have power over all of your smart devices connected to the electricity. This will have more severe consequences: imagine you woke up to find you’d been robbed by a burglar who didn’t have to break in.

“But even if you don’t have smart devices, you are still at risk. An attacker who controls the meter also controls the meter’s software, allowing him to cause it to literally explode.”

Rubin said many of the warnings were not hypothetical. In 2009 Puerto Rican smart meters were hacked en masse, leading to widespread billing fraud, and in 2015 a house fire in Ontario was traced back to a faulty smart meter, although hacking was not implicated in that.

The problems at the heart of the insecurity stem from outdated protocols, half-hearted implementations and weak design principles. While the physical security of smart meters is strong – “trust me, I tried” to hack in that way, Rubin said – the wireless protocols many of them use are problematic.

To communicate with the utility company, most smart meters use GSM, the 2G mobile standard. That has a fairly well-known weakness whereby an attacker with a fake mobile tower can cause devices to “hand over” to the fake version from the real tower, simply by providing a strong signal. In GSM, devices have to authenticate with towers, but not the other way round, allowing the fake mast to send its own commands to the meter.

Worse still, said Rubin, all the meters from one utility used the same hardcoded credentials. “If an attacker gains access to one meter, it gains access to them all. It is the one key to rule them all.”

Inside the home, too, the communications are rendered insecure by outdated standards and bad implementation. Almost all smart meters use the Zigbee standard to speak to other smart devices in the home.

Zigbee, which dates from 2003, is a popular home automation standard, used for controlling everything from lightbulbs to air conditioners. But it is so convoluted, due to the vast array of devices supported, that it is almost better to think of it as 15 different standards, each of which vendors can choose to implement as they see fit.

“This unique situation is so difficult to implement, venders actually choose what they want to implement. And when they choose what to support, they more often than not skip security,” Rubin said.

Other weak security decisions made by vendors include:

  • Encryption keys derived from short (often just six-character) device names.
  • Pairing standards with no authentication required, allowing an attacker to simply ask the smart meter to join the network and receive keys in return.
  • Hardcoded credentials, allowing administrator access with passwords as simple and guessable as the vendor’s name.
  • Code simplified to work on low-power devices skipping important checks, allowing nothing more than a long communication to crash the device.

“These security problems are not going to just go away,” Rubin said. “On the contrary, we are going to see a sharp increase in hacking attempts. Yet most utilities are not even monitoring their network, let alone the smart meters. Utilities have to understand that with great power comes great responsibility.”

Smart meters come with benefits, allowing utilities to more efficiently allocate energy production, and enabling micro-generation that can boost the uptake of renewable energy. For those reasons and more, the European Union has a goal of replacing 80% of meters with smart meters by 2020.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/dec/29/smart-electricity-meters-dangerously-insecure-hackers

The Scary Future is Upon Us

Future of driverless cars: Government able to lock you in your own car to deliver you to the nearest reeducation camp

(NaturalNews) Recently, the Seattle police enlisted the help of car manufacturer BMW to both track and remotely lock a criminal inside of the vehicle he had stolen. This has sparked some spirited debates regarding the remote-lock aspects of vehicles and the ways they can be used.

BMW confirmed that they have the power to remotely lock and unlock their vehicles if they wish to do so. A police report obtained from the incident shows that the responding Seattle officer noted that BMW assistance was called upon to locate the vehicle and remotely lock its doors. The suspect found sleeping inside the BMW and briefly tried to get away when awoken by police. The suspect failed to flee because he couldn’t get the vehicle in gear quickly enough, he was arrested without incident.

http://naturalnews.com/2016-12-16-future-of-driverless-cars-government-able-to-lock-you-in-your-own-car-to-deliver-you-to-the-nearest-reeducation-camp.html

 

Coming soon, iris scanning cars that talk to traffic signals

New technology allows vehicles to talk to traffic lights

http://massprivatei.blogspot.ie/2016/12/coming-soon-iris-scanning-cars-that.html

Motorists are being tracked in real-time

http://www.reviewjournal.com/business/new-audi-technology-will-count-down-red-light-wait-times-you

Pedernales Electric Co-op to develop smart meter opt-out program

Pedernales Electric Co-op to develop smart meter opt-out program

Thursday, April 10, 2014 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
Tags: smart meters, Pedernales Electric, radiation
(NaturalNews) An electric utility cooperative based in Central Texas has initiated the process of developing an opt-out program for smart meters, a controversial new monitoring technology that allows electric utilities to track their customers’ energy usage in real time by sending a constant pulse of radio frequency (RF) radiation both into the devices and throughout the wiring systems of the homes and businesses attached to them.

Pedernales Electric Co-op (PEC), responding to concerns from many of its customers about the human health effects of the controversial technology, has aligned itself with Austin Energy and many other providers throughout the state in giving customers an “out” from having to expose their families to this new source of damaging radiation.

According to the minutes of a recent board meeting, the co-op will begin investigating how to best frame its opt-out program, which in other states typically involves both a one-time device replacement fee and a non-negotiable monthly service charge. Customers who wish to avoid smart meters are penalized, in other words, for trying to minimize their exposure to RF radiation.

“PEC is receiving inquiries regarding meter technology, specifically surrounding reading capabilities, privacy and health concerns,” reads the Smart Meter Opt-Out Program section in the board’s minutes. “Members have requested to have meters replaced with less technological, analog meters.”

Smart meters linked to chronic health issues

Many electric utilities that have already adopted smart meter technology, as well as government officials and mainstream media sources cozy with the industry, insist that the devices are not a threat to human health. But all over the country, individuals are reporting things like sleeping difficulties, persistent agitation and stress, and other chronic symptoms associated with smart meters.

Problems range from cognitive abnormalities, typically involving memory and concentration, to conditions like chronic fatigue, arthritis and respiratory failure. Other health issues reported following smart meter conversion include constant headaches, sinus trouble, high blood pressure, seizures, urinary problems and endocrine disorders like diabetes and thyroid disease.

“We are already seeing increases in health problems such as cancer and neurobehavioural impairments, even though these wireless technologies are fairly new in the last decades or so for the general public,” reads a quote from Elihu Richter, an associate professor at the Unit of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the Hebrew University School of Medicine in Jerusalem, as quoted in a Karolinska Institute press release advocating against smart meters.

“This finding suggests that the exposures are already too high to protect people from health harm. Evidence suggests there are special risks for persons with occupational exposures to RF/MW [microwave] as well as ELF [extremely low frequency],” he added.

Smart meters represent Orwellian invasion of privacy

Besides their health effects, smart meters are also a serious invasion of personal privacy, as they allow utility companies to track the precise energy usage habits of their customers moment by moment. Such information could, and very likely will, end up in the hands of both local law enforcement and federal spying agencies that will use it to further bully and terrorize the general public.

“The ebb and flow of gas and electricity into your home contains surprisingly detailed information about your daily life,” wrote the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a privacy and freedom advocacy group. “Energy usage data, measured moment by moment, allows the reconstruction of a household’s activities: when people wake up, when they come home, when they go on vacation, and maybe even when they take a hot bath.”

To learn more about the dangers of smart meters, visit StopSmartMeters.org.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.pec.coop

http://emfsafetynetwork.org

http://sagereports.com

http://www.eff.org

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/044657_smart_meters_pedernales_electric_radiation.html#ixzz313bgYjFT