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21 February 2017

Norway: Researcher Discovered Her Pacemaker Is Hackable

SINTEF researcher Marie Moe has a pacemaker.  To her
surprise, she discovered that it can be hacked.  She
recently held a presentation about the dangers when
"everything" is connected to the Internet.
(Photo:  Andreas Buaro)
Researcher discovered her pacemaker is hackable
by Ingvil Snøfuglsciencenordic.com
20 February 2017

A Norwegian researcher in cybersecurity, discovered that her heart is being regulated by a pacemaker which can be hacked.

“I was shocked to discover that my pacemaker could be connected to the internet”, says Marie Moe. “It was then I realised that it’s possible for some computer nerd to hack the system and effectively control my heart. It was a very unpleasant experience”, she says.

She recently attended the 2017 Lerchendal Conference in Trondheim, Norway, themed ‘Digital Force for Change’, where cybersecurity was one of the subsidiary topics. Moe’s personal experience of the importance of this subject has resulted in her currently leading a Sintef project looking into pacemakers and their security.

A Case Against Microwave Science

"IF the microwave industry were to admit what’s been scientifically proven since the 1930s, i.e., non-thermal radiation adverse waves affect human biology (bioelectromagnetics), then their emission regulations for every ‘smart’ gadget invention would have to be revised and corrected to the point where they could not implement safety standards because it would be too costly to implement.  Consequently, the industry and its mouthpieces—industrial professional societies, e.g., IEEE, ICNIPR, etc., keep pushing smart gadgets as ‘safe’.

A Case Against Microwave Science
by Catherine Frompovichactivistpost.com, 19 February 2017

Science is the hallmark of everything—supposedly, except when it’s out to lunch in its hypotheses or when it is downright fraudulent, as is the case with vaccinology in order to protect vested Pharma interests. Even the U.S. CDC and FDA cover Big Pharma’s derriere when it comes to chanting the mantra “vaccines are safe.” So much science in the peer review realm is out there published stating totally opposite documented scientific facts, but still U.S. federal health agencies function on the ‘flat earth’ concept regarding human health safety!

Los Alamos Study Finds Airport Scanners Can Rip Apart and Alter DNA

Los Alamos Study Finds Airport Scanners Can Rip Apart & Alter DNA
Dr. Kathy J. Froticollective-evolution.com
19 February 2017

Can we ever believe what our government tells us about airport security devices?

Apparently not. First they told us those X-ray scanners (that showed way too many naked body parts) were perfectly safe.

Even the manufacturer of the device, Rapidscan, openly admitted the scanners had not been adequately tested. The truth was later revealed that the safety tests turned out to be totally rigged, as reported by Natural News.

With fabricated results, the technology was quickly rushed into every airport worldwide. No one listened to what the scientists in the field of radiation were trying to tell them – it’s not safe.

It wasn’t until the backscatter radiation levels the scanners were putting off began showing an increased incidence of cancer in TSA agents (along with the lawsuits that quickly followed), that the devices were finally yanked. The TSA quickly scrambled for another solution.

Long-Term Cell Phone Use Increases Brain Tumor Risk

"We found evidence linking mobile phone use and risk of brain tumours especially in long-term users (10 or more years). Studies with higher quality showed a trend towards high risk of brain tumour, while lower quality showed a trend towards lower risk/protection."

Long-term cell phone use increases brain tumor risk

Electromagnetic Radiation Safety, 20 February 2017

Mobile phone use and risk of brain tumors: a systematic review

The results of a newly published review and meta-analysis of the research on cell phone use and brain tumor risk found that long-term or heavy cell phone use was associated with a statistically significant increased risk of brain tumors.

Overall, the study found that long-term or heavy cell phone use was associated with a 33% increased risk of a brain tumor.

The risk of a brain tumor for long-term cell phone use varied depending upon the quality of the research study with higher quality studies tending to yield greater risk estimates (see Table below). For the five highest quality studies, the estimates ranged from a 21% increased risk to 2.6 times the risk of a non-cellphone user. For five lower quality studies. the estimates ranged from a 47% reduced risk to 5.1 times the risk of a non-cellphone user.

20 February 2017

The Murky Future of Nuclear Power in the United States

The Murky Future of Nuclear Power in the United States
by Diane Cardwell, The New York Times, 18 February 2017

(Photo):  The Alvin W. Vogtle generating station in Georgia, one of only four of the dozens of new reactors once up for licensing with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission still under construction. The Vogtle project has been marred by delays and cost overruns. Credit via Georgia Power

This was supposed to be America’s nuclear century.

The Three Mile Island meltdown was two generations ago. Since then, engineers had developed innovative designs to avoid the kinds of failures that devastated Fukushima in Japan. The United States government was earmarking billions of dollars for a new atomic age, in part to help tame a warming global climate.

But a remarkable confluence of events is bringing that to an end, capped in recent days by Toshiba’s decision to take a $6 billion loss and pull Westinghouse, its American nuclear power subsidiary, out of the construction business.

Germany is Banning the Bright-Eyed Talking Doll "Cayla" that Just Might Be a Spy

A My Friend Cayla doll in London
in 2014.  Germany is banning the
doll over privacy fears.  
Rob Stothard/Getty Images
“Hello Barbie,” an interactive doll, is sold in the United States but not in Germany, where the news media has dubbed it the “Stasi-Barbie,” a reference to the widely hated East German secret police that infiltrated the everyday lives of Germans.  Cayla is also being banned in Germany... The announcement reflects the growing concerns over “smart” products in the home that can get... too smart." 

The Bright-Eyed Talking Doll That Just Might Be a Spy
by Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura, The New York Times,
17 February 2017

Cayla is a blond, bright-eyed doll that chatters about horses and hobbies. She plays games and accurately answers questions about the world at large. She could also be eavesdropping on your child.

That’s the stark warning parents in Germany received on Friday from the country’s telecommunications watchdog, the Federal Network Agency, which said hackers could use the doll to steal personal data by recording private conversations over an insecure Bluetooth connection.

The watchdog said it was pulling the doll off store shelves and banning them in Germany.

“Objects that have concealed cameras or microphones that can send information endanger the private sphere,” said Jochen Homann, the agency’s president. “The Cayla doll is forbidden in Germany,” he added, citing a German telecommunications law.

19 February 2017

Dad Finds Vile Messages in Popular Game on Son's iPad

Mr. Morrison says he was propositioned in a water-
themed room in the game [Roblox].  
Source: Roblox
This article comes with a video on cyber safety for parents and children.

Dad horrified to find vile messages in popular game on son's iPad
kidspot.com, 16 February 2017

The former rugby league star said the disturbing messages in the virtual world “turned his stomach”.

A mortified dad has expressed serious concerns over an online game – aimed at children - which allows strangers to contact and communicate with young kids.

Roblox, which markets itself as a gaming site for kids and teens, invites children into a virtual world to “create adventures, play games, role play and learn with their friends”.

It has more than 30 million unique monthly users - predominantly kids.

Dad Iain Morrison wants the chat facility on the site removed as it allows strangers to message kids directly.

18 February 2017

The Emerging Market of Smartphone-Integrated Infant Physiologic Monitors

Example of a "smart" onesie.  Choice of image
by Editor, "Towards Better Health"
"Despite the lack of publicly available evidence supporting the safety, accuracy, effectiveness, or role of these monitors in the care of well infants, sales of these products are brisk and the market is expanding....  There are no medical indications for monitoring healthy infants at home ....The makers of consumer infant physiologic monitors have avoided US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) medical device regulation by not making claims that the devices prevent SIDS."

The Emerging Market of Smartphone-Integrated Infant Physiologic Monitors

Viewpoint
JAMA, January 24/31, 2017

Christopher P. Bonafide, David T. Jamison, Elizabeth E. Foglia. The Emerging Market of Smartphone-Integrated Infant Physiologic Monitors. JAMA. 2017;317(4):353-354. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.19137

No Abstract

Excerpts

In the past 2 years, a new class of infant physiologic monitors marketed to parents for use in the home has emerged. Smartphone applications (apps) integrated with sensors built into socks, onesies, buttons, leg bands, and diaper clips have the capability to display infants’ respirations, pulse rate, and blood oxygen saturation, and to generate alarms for apnea, tachycardia, bradycardia, and desaturation (Table). Despite the lack of publicly available evidence supporting the safety, accuracy, effectiveness, or role of these monitors in the care of well infants, sales of these products are brisk and the market is expanding....

There are no medical indications for monitoring healthy infants at home ....

Cell Phone Radiation Lawsuits

Many consumer advocacy groups are calling for much stronger warnings about the risk of brain tumors and other injuries from cell phone radiation, indicating that manufacturers must do more to educate consumers and ensure that they are aware of the risk.

Cell Phone Radiation Lawsuits
aboutlawsuits.com, Updated: February 2017

Radio frequency energy from cell phones could be linked to an increased risk of cancer, studies have shown. Holding or using the phones too close to the body has been linked to a potential risk of brain tumors, breast cancer and infertility.

STATUS OF CELL PHONE CANCER LAWSUITS: Product liability lawyers are continuing to review and evaluate whether financial compensation may be available through cell phone lawsuits on behalf of individuals diagnosed with brain cancer or other injuries that may be associated with significant use of mobile phones in close proximity to the body.

OVERVIEW: Cell phones are used by more than 5 billion people worldwide and there has been long debate and concerns about the potential radiation side effects from cell phones.

Americans and Cybersecurity

(jmiks/iStock.com)
Americans and Cybersecurity
by Kenneth Olmstead and Aaron Smith, pewresearch.org,m 26 January 2017

Many Americans do not trust modern institutions to protect their personal data – even as they frequently neglect cybersecurity best practices in their own personal lives

Cyberattacks and data breaches are facts of life for government agencies, businesses and individuals alike in today’s digitized and networked world. Just a few of the most high-profile breaches in 2016 alone include the hacking and subsequent release of emails from members of the Democratic National Committee; the release of testing records of dozens of athletes conducted by the World Anti-Doping Agency; and the announcement by Yahoo that hackers had accessed the private information associated with roughly 1 billion email accounts. Finally, in late 2016 and early 2017 U.S. intelligence agencies (the FBI, CIA and Department of Homeland Security) both issued statements and testified before Congress that the Russian government was involved in the hack of the DNC with the aim of influencing the 2016 presidential election.