• 02 NOV 17

    The Importance of Avoiding Nighttime EMF

    Excerpts from the Dr. Mercola website. Even though this is primarily about powerfrequency magnetic fields, sleep disruption is also now being widely reported by people who have had an active RF transmitting smart meter placed in close proximity to their bedroom. To date, absolutely no research has been done of sleep disruption and smart meter RF exposure. It is a disgrace that In Australia the research $$$$ focus of ACEBR and recommended by ARPANSA is trying to show that EHS is just a nocebo effect unrelated to exposure.

    “Another factor that can have a significant impact on your sleep quality and health is EMF exposure. This is true regardless of the time of your exposure, but it’s particularly problematic at night. There’s evidence showing EMF exposure reduces melatonin production,17 making it really important to eliminate EMFs in your bedroom. One of the easiest ways to do this is to pull the circuit breaker to your bedroom before going to bed.”

    Also see: Desynchronization of Body Clocks Is an Underlying Factor of Chronic Disease…. SNIP

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    • 13 SEP 17

    Smart grid public communication in the UK

    I remember reading some time ago that for advertising in America the ad firms target an average intelligence of an 11 year old to get max impact. If that is true, then what would that age be for British gas and electricity consumers considering the current “Gaz and Leccy” advertising smart grid campaign from Smart Energy GB “The voice of the smart meter rollout”?
    See the GAZ and LECCY video clip…..

    Don

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    • 08 SEP 17

    Another massive hack in America

    Following on from the last message on supposed Russian hackers, today hackers have succeeded in another massive theft if sensitive data. It isn’t so important just who the hackers are, be they Russian, Chinese, North Korean or little green men from Mars. The point is that online data is inherently not safe and with online data being the new oil it will always be an attractive target.

    This obviously has grave implications for the security of customer data stored online by the smart grid. In Australia there seems to be no concern on part of the government, the electricity sector and all political parties who have been sold on the smart grid, smart meters and the Internet of Things (IoT) as one of the solutions to the energy crisis.

    From the Washington Post: Hackers access database that has personal data for 143 million Americans from credit reporting agency Equifax. SNIP

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    • 07 SEP 17

    Russia-linked hackers are infiltrating the US and other nation’s power grids: report

    Just in this morming is the news that Russian hackers have infiltrated the US power grid. This has huge implications for the planning for a smart grid which depends upon data stored in “the cloud”.

    Essential reading this one: Russia-linked hackers are infiltrating the US power grid: report, Their unprecedented penetration could spell chaos.
    Excerpt

    Hackers linked to the Russian government have broken into energy companies supplying electricity to America’s power grid — and potentially now have the ability to to cause major blackouts in the US.
    Researchers at the American cybersecurity firm Symantec published a report on Wednesday that detailed how the group of hackers has waged a cyber espionage campaign that has broken into dozens of energy firms in the US, as well as in Turkey and Switzerland. The attacks date back to 2015, but the pace accelerated this spring. “This is the first time we’ve seen this scale, this aggressiveness, and this level of penetration in the US, for sure,” Eric Chien, technical director of Symantec’s Security Technology & Response Division, told BuzzFeed News. SNIP

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    • 07 AUG 17

    Free viewing this week – Take Back Your Power 2017!

    The internationally award-winning documentary Take Back Your Power, originally released in 2013, exposed the ‘smart’ meter agenda.

    Watch the new and updated 2017 Final Cut of Take Back Your Power for FREE through to August 11th (for Australian viewers this equates to the afternoon of August 12th) at: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2017/08/05/smart-meter-dangers.aspx

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    • 23 JUL 17

    Hi-tech Google Home and Alexa not smart enough to be error-free

    “Alexa, make tea. Now.” Wouldn’t it be great if we all had our own intelligent robot house assistants to deal with the boring chores of everyday life? “OK, Google, dim the lights.”

    So-called “smart homes” offer varying degrees of automated assistance, and Google Home, launched this week in Australia, is multi-talented — it can speak with an Australian accent, translate phrases, do simple sums, get definitions, play music, and list news stories, among other skills.

    Alexa, the tea-maker, is Amazon’s voice-controlled personal helper and she sometimes features in new-age homes. Sadly, it seems Alexa, being American, has had some trouble with Australian accents and occasionally stumbles. If you ask her to make tea she might play you a Beatles song… SNIP

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    • 22 JUL 17

    Now its the “Internet of Battlefield Things”…

    While all the publicity with wireless technology advances centers around the so-called Internet of Things (IoT) where all our devices, even the humble toothbrush, can wirelessly communicate with each other, giving rise to the smart home, little has been publicised about the military applications of the IoT concept. Known as the “Internet of Battlefield Things” (IoBT) it is but the latest version of the old military-industrial complex, which Eisenhower warned us about in 1961, taking advantage of new technology to create and sell, at great profit, new killing technology thereby ensuring an endless state of war which is essential for their very profitable business.

    Read on…

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    • 02 MAY 17

    The Orwellian world of IoT smart beds

    “You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.”—George Orwell, 1984

    Even Orwell didn’t envision when, even in the darkness of the night, every movement will be scrutinized if you purchase the growing line of smart beds. Take for example,

    “Innovation and the IoT Are Making Our Beds Really Smart”. SNIP….

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    • 26 APR 17

    Smart electricity meters on homes provide ample hacking opportunities, expert warns

    ABC News Australia

    Excerpt

    Smart electricity meters carry vulnerabilities that could assist burglars and compromise privacy, but Australian households are not being warned of the risks, a leading cyber-security expert has warned.

    Nigel Phair from the University of Canberra’s Centre for Internet Safety compiled a report on the risks of smart meters, which send data on a home’s utility use back to providers remotely rather than being read manually by an inspector.

    The report said some smart meters, mostly used for gas and water, only sent information one way and were safe.

    However, risks were particularly evident when a connection between the meter and provider sent information both ways — as is generally the case with smart electricity meters.

    “It can mean anything from malicious software being pushed to that device, and amongst a smart-connected house, pushed to other devices,” SNIP

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    • 19 APR 17

    Elon Musk: Robots will take your jobs, government will have to pay your wage

    According to Elon Musk, as a result of the loss of human jobs as a result of automation’ “people will have time to do other things, more complex things, more interesting things,” He added that these people will have “certainly more leisure time” and “will be sustained by payments from the government”. Well, just where will this money come from? Perhaps the robots will have to chip in and pay taxes? But robots don’t get wages so what then?

    Sorry but the numbers simply do not stack up….SNIP

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    • 19 APR 17

    The UK snap election: Theresa May’s anti-human hi-tech policy

    The UK’s unemployment statistics are about to get far worse with Theresa May’s high tech industrial policy (below). This policy promotes: (1) a nation-wide rollout of 5G which is necessary for the Internet of Things (IoT); (2) smart grids and smart meters; and (3) artificial intelligence/robotics. Putting aside the issues around 5G and the smart grid, the rise of the age of robots inherent in May’s policy stands to replace the jobs of millions of UK workers with robotics according to a study by PricewaterhouseCoopers. The report found in part that: …SNIP

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    • 04 APR 17

    Internet of Things security: What happens when every device is smart and you don’t even know it?

    Excerpt:

    Billions more everyday items are set to be connected to the internet in the next few years, especially as chips get cheaper and cheaper to produce — and crucially, small enough to fit into even the smallest product.

    Potentially, any standard household item could become connected to the internet, even if there’s no reason for the manufacturers to do so.

    Eventually that processors needed to power an IoT device will become effectively free, making it possible to turn anything into a internet-enabled device…..

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    • 01 APR 17

    University Study Exposes Smart Meters Inflating Power Consumption Readings

    Excerpt

    University Study Exposes Smart Meters Inflating Power Consumption Readings
    Posted on March 31, 2017 by Stop Smart Meters Australia

    Smart meters overcharge consumers by up to 582% while at the same time collecting owner’s data which is then sold to third parties for further profit, according to the first major university study into the controversial technology.

    The University of Twente (UT) in the Netherlands, in collaboration with the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) published the results of a major study into the nine most popular smart meters used in the United States and United Kingdom, with the conclusion that smart meters routinely overcharge consumers, often by staggering amount.

    “In the experiments (which were entirely reproducible), five of the nine smart meters gave readings that were much higher than the actual amount of power consumed. Indeed, in some setups, these were up to 582 percent higher.” SNIP

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    • 02 FEB 17

    The Terrorist in Your Toaster: The Next Generation of IoT Hacking

    When I was five, my parents got me a robot. Connected to a wired controller, I could move it back and forth, raise its arms, flash lights and plenty of other awesome things that would spark any child’s imagination. I loved that robot even though it sucked in a few different ways.

    It made me want to improve it and I would dream of ways it could be better, like having it talk to other robots and machines (I was a tad too young for The Terminator at this point) or making it do things for me. Thanks to the internet and the advancement of robotics, my boyhood dreams are coming true.

    We are at the dawn of this era and the Internet of Things (IoT) explosion is the foundation for this advancement. Sadly, though, we must take the good with the bad. As we make our lives more convenient with IoT devices, we must also take notice of the increasing cybersecurity threats and issues accompanying this evolution. SNIP

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    • 29 JAN 17

    Threats to Mobile Devices and the IoT Will Grow in 2017

    Cyberattacks on the Internet of Things Are Forthcoming. Intel predicts the IoT will reach 1.8 billion devices by 2019 and furthermore believes security threats to these devices will be growing quickly.
    University researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University and Stanford University are already using IoT for research. “Our first best practice is to make sure we aren’t putting IoT devices into our environment with their default passwords,” says Pitt. “Hackers can easily take advantage of those vulnerabilities.” SNIP

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    • 27 JAN 17

    And from the Dark Side: Report and conference from the IoT industry sector: Regulating the Internet of Things

    From The Internet of Things World:

    Many countries are beginning to develop their regulatory framework in relation to IoT with 2016 seeing notable progress in the UK and Singapore in particular. Issues in relation to roaming, data protection, privacy and network security have been identified and broadly agreed upon by regulators across the world.

    But what happens next? SNIP…..

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    • 26 JAN 17

    The Internet of Things (IoT) vulnerability to malware hackers

    As Australia rapidly rolls out the smart electricity grid with smart meters for every household as an essential part of the $17 trillion Internet of Things (IoT)technological ‘revolution’, little heed is given for the grid/meters vulnerability to hackers. Already there have been reports of household wi-fi enabled appliances being hacked and there are concerns over the vulnerability of smart meters to being hacked.

    A Brave New World or Hackers Heaven? Read on.

    Excerpt

    “The [Mirai] malware… spreads to vulnerable devices by continuously scanning the Internet for IoT systems protected by factory default or hard-coded usernames and passwords,” explained KrebsonSecurity. “The insecure IoT devices are then loaded with malicious software, transforming them into “bots” and forcing them to report to a central control server, which is utilized to launch massive DDoS attacks in an effort to knock websites offline.”

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    • 22 JAN 17

    LG threatens to put Wi-Fi in every appliance it introduces in 2017

    From ARS Technica

    Its new fridge includes Amazon’s Alexa and a bunch of cameras.

    Andrew Cunningham – 1/5/2017, 6:20 AM

    Excerpt

    In the past few years, products at CES have increasingly focused on putting the Internet in everything, no matter how “dumb” the device in question is by nature. It’s how we’ve ended up with stuff like this smart hairbrush, this smart air freshener, these smart ceiling fans, or this $100 pet food bowl that can order things from Amazon.

    Now that phenomenon is reaching its logical endpoint: during the company’s CES press conference today, LG marketing VP David VanderWaal says that “starting this year” all of LG’s home appliances will feature “advanced Wi-Fi connectivity.” One of the flagship appliances that will make good on this promise is the Smart Instaview Refrigerator, a webOS-powered Internet-connected fridge that among other things supports integration with Amazon’s Alexa service. SNIP……

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    • 14 JAN 17

    Smart Meters and the Internet of Things (IoT)

    Here is a very interesting posting on the Smart Grid Awareness web site. Recommended!

    We’re Being “Hunted” by Smart Meters and the Internet of Things
    Posted on January 13, 2017 by SkyVision Solutions

    Excerpt

    In an age when people’s lives are constantly tracked, recorded, analyzed, and shared by private parties, the doctrine holding that “information knowingly exposed to private parties is unprotected by the Fourth Amendment,” now threatens to swallow whole the privacy guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment.

    The “Internet of Things” refers to the prospect that nearly everything that can be connected to the Internet will be in the near future. According to one study, by the year 2020, more than 30 billion devices could be wirelessly connected to the Internet. Everything from televisions to refrigerators to electricity meters will be capable of recording data and transferring that data to third parties, with or without a user’s knowledge or consent. SNIP

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    • 06 JAN 17

    When smart meters get hacked

    From Nick Hunn’s blog Creative Connectivity

    June 8th, 2014 | Published in Smart Energy |

    There‘s a lot of talk about grid security and data privacy in the energy industry, but very little about the consequences of what happens if smart meters go wrong. By going wrong, I don‘t just mean people attempting to hack their meters to reduce their bills.That will probably happen.I‘m more interested in the nightmare scenario when several million electricity meters suddenly disconnect……In other words, it could happen. It doesn’t need to happen now. Once they’re deployed, utilities aim to update the programs in these meters as new functionality is developed or bugs fixed. So at any point in their lives, new malicious code could be inserted…. SNIP

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