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New "Smart"-car hack uses digital-radio broadcasts to seize control
United Kingdom Created: 27 Jul 2015
Several car infotainment systems are vulnerable to a hack attack that could potentially put lives at risk, a leading security company has said.

NCC Group said the exploit could be used to seize control of a vehicle's brakes and other critical systems.

The Manchester-based company told the BBC it had found a way to carry out the attacks by sending data via digital audio broadcasting (DAB) radio signals.

It coincides with news of a similar flaw discovered by two US researchers.

Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller showed Wired magazine that they could take control of a Jeep Cherokee car by sending data to its internet-connected entertainment and navigation system via a mobile-phone network.

Chrysler has released a patch to address the problem.

However, NCC's work - which has been restricted to its labs - points to a wider problem.

The UK's Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has responded by saying that car companies "invest billions of pounds to keep vehicles secure as possible".
Breached brakes

NCC demonstrated part of its technique to BBC Radio 4's PM programme at its offices in Cheltenham.

By using relatively cheap off-the-shelf components connected to a laptop, the company's research director, Andy Davis, created a DAB station.

Because infotainment systems processed DAB data to display text and pictures on car dashboard screens, he said, an attacker could send code that would let them take over the system.

Once an infotainment system had been compromised, he said, an attacker could potentially use it as a way to control more critical systems, including steering and braking.

Depending on the power of the transmitter, he said, a DAB broadcast could allow attackers to affect many cars at once.

"As this is a broadcast medium, if you had a vulnerability within a certain infotainment system in a certain manufacturer's vehicle, by sending one stream of data, you could attack many cars simultaneously," he said.

"[An attacker] would probably choose a common radio station to broadcast over the top of to make sure they reached the maximum number of target vehicles."

Mr Davis declined to publicly identify which specific infotainment systems he had hacked, at this point.
Lab simulation

In many ways, modern cars are computer networks on wheels.

Mike Parris, of SBD, another company that specialises in vehicle security, said modern cars typically contained 50 interlinked computers running more than 50 million lines of code.

By contrast, he said, a modern airliner "has around 14 million lines of code".

Such technology allows the latest cars to carry out automatic manoeuvres. For example, a driver can make their vehicle parallel park at the touch of a button.

Mr Davis said he had simulated his DAB-based attack only on equipment in his company's buildings because it would be illegal and unsafe to do so in the outside world.

But he added that he had previously compromised a real vehicle's automatic-braking system - designed to prevent it crashing into the car in front - by modifying an infotainment system, and he believed this could be replicated via a DAB broadcast.

"If someone were able to compromise the infotainment system, because of the architecture of its vehicle network, they would in some cases be able to disable the automatic braking functionality," he said.
Jeep attack

On Tuesday, Wired magazine reported that two US security researchers had managed to remotely take control of a Jeep Cherokee's air-conditioning system, radio and windscreen wipers while its journalist was driving the vehicle.

Mr Valasek - director of vehicle security research at IOActive - said that NCC's attack appeared to have similarities with his own.

"I mean that's essentially what we did over the cell [mobile] network - we took over the infotainment system and from there reprogrammed certain pieces of the vehicle so we could send control commands," he said.

"So, it sounds entirely plausible."

But he added that such exploits were beyond the reach of most criminals.

"It takes a lot of time skill and money," he said.

"That isn't to say that there aren't large organisations interested in it."

More details about both the NCC and the US team's research will be presented to the Black Hat security convention in Las Vegas next month.

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Source: BBC Radio 4, Chris Vallance, 22 Jul 2015

More about the remotely controlled "Smart-Car" With comments by editor.
USA Created: 27 Jul 2015
Fiat/Chrysler USA are recalling a total of 1 million 400.000 cars for De-Bugging, after the revelation by WIRED!
And so are: Daimler Chrysler in China.

Please use the links to see what is going on, What is next for hacking?
"Smart" phones/"Smart" watches/"Smart MEDICAL gadgets", where turn ON/OFF could make ALL THE DIFFERENCE FOR IF YOU LIVE OR DIE?
But here are the links:
More about the remotely controlled "Smart-Car"!
Jul 2015, United Kingdom: More about the remotely controlled "Smart-Car"! Start shivering if you own one of these!

After Jeep Hack, Chrysler Recalls 1.4M Vehicles for Bug Fix

Daimler Chrysler calls back cars from China

Recall Alert: Former Chrysler Unit Calls Back 67,000 Pickups

WHO will be Next?
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Source: Agnes Ingvarsdottir

Metabolic imbalance caused by radiation from wireless devices linked to many health risks
United Kingdom Created: 25 Jul 2015
A metabolic imbalance caused by radiation from your wireless devices could be the link to a number of health risks, such as various neurodegenerative diseases and cancer, a recent study suggests.

"Oxidative Mechanisms of Biological Activity of Low-intensity Radiofrequency Radiation," a review article published in Electromagnetic Biology & Medicine, explores experimental data on the metabolic effects of low-intensity radiofrequency radiation in living cells.

This imbalance, also known as oxidative stress, is defined by co-author Dr. Igor Yakymenko as, "an imbalance between the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and antioxidant defence."

Yakymenko explains the oxidative stress due to RFR exposure could explain not only cancer, but also other minor disorders such as headache, fatigue, and skin irritation, which could develop after long-term RFR exposure.

"These data are a clear sign of the real risks this kind of radiation poses for human health," Yakymenko said.

The article explains that ROS are often produced in cells due to aggressive environments, and can also be provoked by "ordinary wireless radiation."

Up-to-date research demonstrates possible carcinogenic effects of radiofrequency (RFR)/microwave radiation. In 2011, the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified RFR as a possible carcinogen for humans. But clear molecular mechanisms of such effects of RFR were a bottleneck in acceptance of a reality of risk.

The article demonstrates that the hazardous effects of RFR could be realized through the "classical mechanisms" of oxidative impairments in living cells.

Yakymenko and his colleagues call for a precautionary approach in using wireless technologies, such as cell phones and wireless Internet.

Related news:
Jul 2015, Ukraine: 93 of 100 studies confirm Oxidative Stress from RF-radiation: review

Keywords: Antioxidant, Biology, Cancer, Wireless, Carcinogen, Cell, Fatigue, Headache, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Oxidative Stress, Stress, Yakymenko
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Source: News-Medical, 25 Jul 2015

Cellphone Ordinance Puts Berkeley at Forefront of Radiation Debate
USA Created: 25 Jul 2015
Leave it to Berkeley: This city, which has led the nation in passing all manner of laws favored by the left, has done it again. This time, the city passed a measure — not actually backed by science — requiring cellphone stores to warn customers that the products could be hazardous to their health, presumably by emitting dangerous levels of cancer-causing radiation.

Under the so-called Right to Know ordinance, passed unanimously in May by the Berkeley City Council, retailers are supposed to notify customers, starting in August, that “you may exceed the federal guidelines for exposure” to radio frequency radiation by carrying a cellphone in a pants or shirt pocket or tucked into a bra. “The potential risk,” the warning continues, “is greater for children.”

Even supporters of the ordinance acknowledge that there is no definitive scientific link between cellphones and cancer, although they argue that it may take years for cancers to develop. The American Cancer Society says that cases of people developing cancer after carrying cellphones may be coincidental or anecdotal. But some supporters are undeterred, noting that there are similar warnings in the fine print of cellphone manuals, and that the Berkeley warning is carefully written to reflect that language, albeit with additional cautionary words.

“We want to raise awareness,” said Ellie Marks, the founder of the California Brain Tumor Association. Ms. Marks does not live in Berkeley but brought her case here because, she said, “Berkeley has a reputation for taking progressive action.” She said she was convinced that her husband, Alan, a real estate agent, contracted brain cancer at age 56 from often having a cellphone pressed to his ear.

Not surprisingly, the cellphone industry is not allowing such insinuations to go unchallenged. A few weeks after the law passed, CTIA-The Wireless Association, a trade group, filed a First Amendment lawsuit against Berkeley, charging that retailers cannot be forced to say something that is “false.” A hearing is set for Aug. 6 in federal court in San Francisco, and the ordinance will not go into effect until the matter is settled.

Theodore B. Olson, a lawyer with the firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher who was solicitor general under President George W. Bush, represents CTIA (formerly known as the Cellular Telephone Industries Association) and said in an email that the Berkeley ordinance was “alarmist” and “violates the most fundamental principles of the First Amendment.”

In its lawsuit, the trade group said there was no safety concern “no matter how the phone is worn.”

Many doctors and scientists tend to agree. “X-rays, which emit ionizing radiation, are known to cause adverse biological effects at high doses, including cancer,” said Jerrold T. Bushberg, a medical physicist and a professor of radiology and radiation oncology at the University of California, Davis. Cellphones, which emit non-ionizing radiation, do not, he said.

Speaking for himself and as a representative of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, Dr. Bushberg said possible connections between cellphones and cancer have been studied exhaustively.

“We’ve been looking for signs of adverse effects at low levels for over 50 years without success,” he said. “We can’t say it’s impossible, but if there is a risk it would be very, very low, or we would have seen an increase in brain cancers.”

If cellphones were carcinogenic, Dr. Bushberg said, researchers would have seen an increase in brain cancer in Scandinavian countries, where they have been used longer and where, because of socialized medicine, excellent cancer registries exist. That has not happened, he said.

At the heart of the debate is “simply one word: radiation,” said Robert Cahn, a senior scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. “Just because cellphones emit radiation doesn’t make them dangerous.”

Other devices that emit low-energy radio frequency radiation and that have not proved harmful include baby monitors, garage door openers, wireless routers and smart meters.

Nevertheless, Berkeley has a habit of passing first-in-the-nation laws that seem radical but are promptly copied by other municipalities including creating smoking bans, a sanctuary for immigrants in the country illegally, a Styrofoam ban and health benefits for domestic partners. So if Berkeley succeeds in its fight to warn people about cellphones, can Cambridge, Mass., and other cities be far behind?

“If you can get it passed in Berkeley, you have a beginning,” said Susan Wengraf, a City Council member. “If you can’t, forget it, or come back three years later.”

On the streets of Berkeley, reviews for the ordinance were mixed. “Labeling things that have a potential threat is always good,” said Benjamin Fahrer, a farmer who said he creates “urban agriculture on rooftops.” He likened the new law to notifying the public on secondhand smoke and genetically modified foods.

Bill Doran, an engineer from Pasadena who had his cellphone out while in line for ice cream, said, “I’m a little skeptical about cellphones causing harm.” He was more concerned “that I’m not able to get reception here.”

At a phone store here, Calico Rose said the law would not change the way she carried her phone. She demonstrated by tucking her cellphone in her wallet, which she pressed into her bra. “It would probably take substantial use to cause cancer,” she said.

Nevertheless, a Berkeley City Council member who helped write the legislation, Max Anderson, said he had appealed to his colleagues in May to pass the ordinance on ethical grounds. “Even if the science isn’t firm, if there’s a risk, we should proceed with caution,” he said.

Lawrence Lessig, a professor at Harvard Law School, and Robert Post, the dean of Yale Law School and an expert on the First Amendment, have agreed to defend Berkeley pro bono over claims that the legislation is unconstitutional. “The First Amendment is being contorted to all sorts of wrong ends,” Mr. Lessig said.

“We’re not intending to challenge the science of cellphones,” Mr. Lessig said. “We’re just making people aware of existing regulations.”
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Source: New York Times, CAROL POGASH, 21 Jul 2015

Users claim the Apple Watch is burning their skin
USA Created: 25 Jul 2015
An eyebrow-raising report in Fusion relays that a growing number of Apple Watch users are complaining that Apple’s new wearable is so hot, it’s actually burning their skin.

In one particular example, a woman with an Apple Watch Sport removed her device mid-workout after feeling a burning sensation at the top of her wrist. Upon removal, she was startled to see blisters forming on her skin.

Subsequently, she posted the following photo to Twitter.

Wtf, my apple watch burnt me & apple is being an a**hole about it #iwatch #apple @tim_cook @AppleWatchNews @AppStore

— Paula Cerutti (@PaulaCerutti) July 8, 2015

While this doesn’t seem to be a widespread issue by any means, Fusion highlights a few other photos from Apple Watch users who experienced something similar. For instance, one Apple Watch wearer posted the following photo just about two weeks ago.

Not worn my apple watch today, yet there seems to be some sort of burn. Anyone else got this too ?
— Dinalli (@Dinalli) June 28, 2015

Now to be fair, it’s essentially impossible to categorize a little skin discoloration as a burn based on photos alone. After all, it’s entirely possible that some users with similar complaints are simply experiencing rashes or irritations due to adverse skin reactions.

While Apple reportedly refused to comment officially on the matter, Fusion does note that Apple’s Apple Watch support does list a few skin problems that might result from wearing Apple’s wearable.

On its support website, Apple notes that the watch can cause skin irritation for a couple of reasons, among them allergies to materials in the watch or a poor fit. Apple says that a too-loose band, for example, can cause irritation from constant friction between the watch and skin.

As for the woman who felt a burning sensation coupled with blisters, Apple has offered to give her a brand new device.
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Source: BGR, Yoni Heisler, 09 Jul 2015

Brain-cancer spiked 30% between 2012 and 2013
Canada Created: 24 Jul 2015
We measure what we value - The Canadian federal government follows how many chicks hatch in Canada more closely than rates and types of cancer at the local level.

In July 2015, doctors reported that brain tumours in Calgary spiked by 30% between 2012 and 2013. Is this happening across Canada? Is this the beginning of a tsunami of tumours from cell phones, from another carcinogen, or a statistical anomaly? It would be good to know.

About half of cancers can be traced to factors such as tobacco, diet and lack of exercise. What about the other half, including the increasing number of young, fit, healthy-living Canadians getting cancer?
Cancer rates vary widely between and even within provinces. Piecing together fine-grained data on cancer occurrences (incidence) and community details lends clues to cancer causes and prevention, but only a few isolated Canadian studies illustrate these possibilities.

In Ontario, the Sarnia Aamjiwnaang First Nation lives in the polluted shadow of Canada’s largest “chemical valley,” with more than 110,000 tonnes of air pollution emitted annually. Cancer rates among men living in Sarnia are 34% higher than the provincial average, with 50% more lung-cancer and 500% more mesothelioma, from asbestos.

In Southern Ontario, exposures to hormone-disrupting plastics and pesticides in manufacturing and farming have also been linked to higher rates of breast cancer, particularly among women with a multiple-year history in both occupations.

In New Brunswick, air pollution rather than smoking was found to be a primary cause of lung cancer in St. John. In Sydney, the country’s highest cancer rates were addressed with stabilization of pollutants in the Tar Ponds.

In Alberta’s industrial heartland, cancers of the blood are more common among those exposed to petrochemical refining emissions. Downstream, where bitumen emissions pollute the water and fish have tumours, aboriginal populations are reported to have high incidence of liver and other cancers.

Arsenic residues from gold mining contribute to a cancer hotspot in Yellowknife.

In 2014, British Columbia continued to experience Canada’s lowest cancer rates, although historical fine-grained federal data indicated higher incidence pockets associated with remote mines. Newfoundland rocketed from lower incidence in 2001 to higher ranks in 2014, possibly due to petrochemical industries replacing fisheries as leading employers.

Cancer is Canada’s leading cause of death, with cases projected to increase 40% by 2030, over-burdening the health care system. To learn about and act on what causes cancer, we need to know about who gets it, where and why. In a few studies, extraordinary efforts have been made by researchers to mesh rates of cancer types, and other health indicators, with exposures.

With routinely collected data much more could be done, examining industries, jobs, pollution, food availability, walkability of communities, use of wireless devices, poverty, housing, activity levels and so on.

Unfortunately the federal government is not collecting the necessary data to address environmentally-linked diseases. We monitor what we value. When will reducing cancer become as important as chicks?

*SNIP* references in source article...

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Nov 2012, Denmark: Spike in “Aggressive” Brain Cancer in Denmark
May 2011, USA: WHO: Cell phone use can increase possible cancer risk
Dec 2010, Israel: A Game Changer?
Dec 2011, USA: Brain Tumor Pandemic: DNA Impacts from Mobile Phones Implicated in New Analysis
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Source: Prevent Cancer Now, Press Release, 21 Jul 2015

Sleep loss: Sound familiar to us? Cant sleep, could it possibly be courtesy of our "Friendly" Microwave-emitting Mobile mast?
Sweden Created: 23 Jul 2015
Sleep loss of one night can alter genes
Sleep deprivation can really mess you up in lots of ways.

Now a new study, by Scientists/researchers, by Dr. Jonathan Cedernæs, lead author and researcher from the Universities of Uppsala, with assistance of the Karolinska Institut in Sweden have submitted a study published by the National Academy of Sciences that suggests that the effects may run even deeper.
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Source: Agnes Ingvarsdottir, 24 Jul 2015

More about the remotely controlled "Smart-Car"! Start shivering if you own one of these!
United Kingdom Created: 23 Jul 2015
The 22 of July we brought this news by Wired Magazine:
Smart-Car is remote-controllable via the cellphone network - even the brakes
Jul 2015, USA: Smart-Car is remote-controllable via the cellphone network - even the brakes

Now the news have reached the UK and the Daily Mail brought an extensive investigating article to day.

So here goes:
Could your car be the next to come under attack? GUY WALTERS explains how computer hackers can hijack your vehicle - and make you crash
The triumphant shout of ‘You’re doomed!’ came in an iPhone call from the hacker who had remotely hijacked a Jeep Cherokee on a motorway, cutting the transmission and leaving its driver powerless.

The accelerator stopped working and the Jeep slowed to a crawl on a flyover where there was no hard shoulder to pull over and the traffic was moving at a steady 70 mph.

In the mirror, the driver could see a lorry bearing down on his paralysed Jeep. Holding his mobile with a clammy hand, he begged the hackers: ‘Make it stop.’

In one sense the driver, Andy Greenberg, was lucky. He managed to roll his Jeep down an exit ramp and got it going again by turning the ignition off and on. The hackers could have killed the engine altogether, slammed on the brakes or, worse, disabled them — as they did later.

Please take time to watch the video:

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Source: Agnes Ingvarsdottir

Retired Electronics Professor Wants To Create Wi-Fi Free Refuge
USA Created: 23 Jul 2015
Instant updates, video calls, movies in the palm of your hand - Wireless technology has revolutionized the way we communicate, but now some people say there’s a potential downside. Some people claim Wi-Fi and cellphone signals are making them sick.

Gary Johnson of Canon City doesn’t go far without his gigahertz solutions radio frequency detector. The retired electronics professor even takes the handheld contraption to church with him.

“I would be sick after going to church,” he said.

He said would get hit by a debilitating fatigue which would last 24 hours after attending Sunday service.

“You know something is wrong but it’s hard to point to one organ and say it hurts right here,” Johnson said.

By using his frequency meter, Johnson was able to determine his church was a hot spot because of a cellphone tower situated across the street.

“There are times when it reads well over 1000 (megahertz).”

So he decided to attend church services in the neighboring town of Florence. It is 15 minutes further away, but says he feels fine there and his meter shows fewer frequencies.

Johnson believes the signals affect him and some others who suffer from a condition called electromagnetic hypersensitivity, or EHS. He likens it to a peanut or a pollen allergy.

“We just got put together in a way that’s more sensitive than other folks.”

Inside Johnson’s Canon City home he has a landline telephone instead of a smartphone. He also gets the Internet from a hardwired computer. At one point he mistakenly switched his router to broadcast Wi-Fi and says it almost killed him.

“Do I need to write my will? Do I need to bring things up to date? This is bad.”

He turned it off and started feeling better the next day.

Dr. David Carpenter, Director of the Institute of Health and Environment at the University of Albany, says there is strong evidence that EHS is a real syndrome which could harm up to five percent of the population.

“They walk around feeling ill and don’t know what to do about it,” he said.

Other doctors say the evidence connecting Wi-Fi to illness is just not there. New York University neuropsychologist Dr. William Barr thinks the condition is all in your mind.

“They establish a belief that something has the potential to cause a symptom and when they come into contact with that cause they develop those symptoms,” said Barr.

Back in Canon City Johnson said he’s received about “50 emails from people all over the world looking for a safe place to live.” He thinks his 59-acre plot of land in the town of Rockvale would be the perfect place. He owns an undeveloped gulch with high walls that block just about every kind of frequency.

“This would be a good sanctuary,” he said. “People could come here and heal. Spend some time here for a week, a month, a year, and leave feeling better.”

Johnson says he feels better in his gulch, a place where his frequency meters go silent.

Keywords: EHS, Sanctuary, Wi-Fi, David Carpenter, Gary Johnson, Electronics Professor, Gigahertz-solutions
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Source: CBS Denver, Mark Ackerman, 09 Jul 2015

Yes the Children Are More Exposed to Radiofrequency Energy From Mobile Telephones Than Adults: report
USA Created: 23 Jul 2015
Excerpt: “it is very hard to understand why the FCC allows the use of a [model based on the] head size of the US military recruits for [peak spatial] SAR compliance testing against safety guidelines”.

Report by Gandhi, O.P. ; Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA.

Read the report (open-access) via the source link below...

Keywords: Children, Exposure, FCC, SAR, Safety guidelines
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Source: IEEE Xplore, O.P Gandhi, 10 Jul 2015

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