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150.000 hacked Internet-of-Things gadgets used to launch mega-scale attack on Internet provider
France Created: 28 Sep 2016
Last week, the hosting provider OVH faced 1Tbps Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attack, likely the largest one ever seen.

The OVH founder and CTO Octave Klaba reported the 1Tbps DDoS attack on Twitter sharing an image that lists the multiple sources of the attack.

“Last days, we got lot of huge DDoS. Here, the list of “bigger that 100Gbps” only. You can see the simultaneous DDoS are close to 1Tbps !” said Klaba.

Klaba explained that the servers of its company were hit by multiple attacks exceeding 100 Gbps simultaneously concurring at 1 Tbps DDoS attack. One of the attacks documented by the OVH reached 93 MMps and 799 Gbps.

Klaba speculated the attackers used an IoT botnet [botnet=hacked devices abused for spamming, DDos etc.] composed also of compromised CCTV cameras.

Now Klaba added further information on the powerful DDoS attacks, the CTO of the OVH claimed that the botnet used by attackers is powered by more than 150,000 Internet of Things (IoT) devices, including cameras and DVRs.

The overall botnet is capable of launching attacks that exceed 1.5 Tbps.

The bad news for the OVH company is that attacks are still ongoing and the size of the botnet is increasing.

“+6857 new cameras participated in the DDoS last 48H.” added Klaba.

The company was targeted by various types of traffic, including Generic Routing Encapsulation (GRE) traffic, a novelty in the DDoS landscape.
Unfortunately, such kind of DDoS attacks will be even more frequent, it is too easy for hackers gain control of poorly configured, or vulnerable, IoT devices.

Last week experts observed another massive DDoS that targeted the website of the popular cyber security expert Brian Krebs. Krebsonsecurity was targeted by a DDoS attack of 665 Gbps.

The attacks against OVH and Krebsonsecurity are the largest ones reported so far.
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Source: Securityaffairs, Pierluigi Paganini, 27 Sep 2016

Radiofrequency radiation injures trees around mobile phone base stations
Germany Created: 20 Sep 2016
Highlights: High frequency non-ionizing radiation is becoming increasingly common, This study found a high level of damage to trees in the vicinity of phone masts, Deployment has been continued without consideration of environmental impact.


In the last two decades, the deployment of phone masts around the world has taken place and, for many years, there has been a discussion in the scientific community about the possible environmental impact from mobile phone base stations. Trees have several advantages over animals as experimental subjects and the aim of this study was to verify whether there is a connection between unusual (generally unilateral) tree damage and radiofrequency exposure. To achieve this, a detailed long-term (2006–2015) field monitoring study was performed in the cities of Bamberg and Hallstadt (Germany).

During monitoring, observations and photographic recordings of unusual or unexplainable tree damage were taken, alongside the measurement of electromagnetic radiation. In 2015 measurements of RF-EMF (Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields) were carried out. A polygon spanning both cities was chosen as the study site, where 144 measurements of the radiofrequency of electromagnetic fields were taken at a height of 1.5 m in streets and parks at different locations.

By interpolation of the 144 measurement points, we were able to compile an electromagnetic map of the power flux density in Bamberg and Hallstadt. We selected 60 damaged trees, in addition to 30 randomly selected trees and 30 trees in low radiation areas (n = 120) in this polygon. The measurements of all trees revealed significant differences between the damaged side facing a phone mast and the opposite side, as well as differences between the exposed side of damaged trees and all other groups of trees in both sides. Thus, we found that side differences in measured values of power flux density corresponded to side differences in damage.

The 30 selected trees in low radiation areas (no visual contact to any phone mast and power flux density under 50 μW/m2) showed no damage. Statistical analysis demonstrated that electromagnetic radiation from mobile phone masts is harmful for trees. These results are consistent with the fact that damage afflicted on trees by mobile phone towers usually start on one side, extending to the whole tree over time.

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Source: Science of The Total Environment, Cornelia Waldmann-Selsam et al., 20 Sep 2016

The end of mobile phone 'not spots'? Ministers propose new power to fine companies millions! So please give US some Good News!
United Kingdom Created: 18 Sep 2016
“The mobile operators have signed up to legally binding obligations to deliver coverage to at least nine tenths of Britain. This new legislation will mean the Government can ensure their commitments are delivered."

A source at the Culture Department said: “We all understand the frustrations of not being able to get mobile signal in remote parts of the country.

"We’re glad phone companies are tackling not spots, but this will help hold them to account for the pledges they have made.”

MPs are expected to vote through the Digital Economy Bill, which contains the changes, given frustration at the lack of connectivity in rural Britain is widespread across the House of Commons.

Grant Shapps, the former Tory chairman who heads up the British Infrastructure Group [BIG] of MPs, said “action to end the scourge of not-spots is welcome”.

He added: “Now the government proposes giving the regulator this power, we believe it would be important that they are prepared to use it.

“BIG is alarmed by the lack of coverage that remains, particularly in rural areas, where not spots are all too frequent. If this new move isn’t a success then more radical solutions will be required.
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Source: Agnes Ingvarsdottir.

Texting while driving? It's as Bad as Drink Driving!
United Kingdom Created: 18 Sep 2016
IN MY first year at medical school, I would sometimes volunteer to take part in experiments run by the psychology department.
Paid £5 each time we took part, enterprising students could make a pretty packet spending the morning or afternoon helping in the laboratories.
One experiment in which I was involved, in 1998, looked at the effect of using a mobile phone on a person's attention-span and was one of the first studies done on the subject.
I remember being shocked at the degree to which using a phone impaired my reaction times and how seriously it affected my ability to concentrate.

Today, the body of evidence is overwhelming and clearly shows that using a mobile phone while driving is incredibly dangerous. Research shows it's on a par with being drunk or under the influence of drugs.
Yet despite this, as the Mail disclosed this week, many drivers still feel it's perfectly all right to use their mobile while at the wheel, with half admitting to using one while in stationary traffic while a third confess to using one to make a call while driving.
Such recklessness infuriates me because it can ruin lives.

This is why I wholeheartedly support calls for tougher deterrents. All the evidence shows that using a mobile phone while behind the wheel of a car is dangerous and risks killing or badly injuring innocent pedestrians, cyclists and other motorists.

And all because someone wanted to make a quick call, send a text or unnecessarily check Facebook.
By Dr. Max Pemberton, The mind doctor at the Daily Mail
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Source: By Dr. Max Pemberton, The mind doctor for the Daily Mail

Six points if you use Mobile Phone at the wheel!
United Kingdom Created: 18 Sep 2016
Six points if you use a mobile phone at the wheel: Mail campaign victory as ministers vow to toughen up driving law by doubling the three-point punishment

Drivers to hit 12-point threshold for ban after two offences instead of four On-the-spot fines for using phone while driving will rise from £100 to £200
Minister said using phone should be as socially intolerable as drink-driving. The breakthrough was welcomed by the families of victims and police

Motorists face a six-point penalty on their license if they are caught using a mobile behind the wheel.
In a victory for the Daily Mail, ministers are set to double the punishment for using a phone, from three points.
The ‘two strikes’ policy would see drivers hit the 12-point threshold for an automatic ban after two offences instead of four.
Young motorists with less than two years on the road would have their licence revoked after being caught just once.
On-the-spot fines for illegally using a phone while driving will rise from £100 to £200 under the reforms, Government sources said.

Last night, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said he wanted the use of mobiles at the wheel to become as socially unacceptable as drink-driving.
The breakthrough – which comes just two days after the Mail launched its campaign for tougher penalties against drivers who flout the law on mobile phones – was welcomed by motoring organisations, police and victims’ families.

Paul Baker, whose 14-year-old daughter Liberty was killed by a driver reading a text message, said: ‘We are overjoyed… hopefully the police will enforce it.’ He added that the penalty will be ‘no longer an inconvenience’ but a ‘proper deterrent’.

Paul Carvin, whose wife Zoe, 42, was killed by a texting driver, said it would mean ‘more people will lose their licences because they will get caught more than once. I’m pleased the Government has taken this seriously.’
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said he wanted the use of mobiles at the wheel to become as socially unacceptable as drink-driving.

Nazan Fennell, mother of 13-year-old Hope who was crushed by a driver on his phone, said: ‘It’s a great move forward. The Daily Mail highlighted the fact that these children do matter… that we need to be behaving better when we are driving.’

The Mail began campaigning on Thursday for much stiffer deterrents to end what the RAC calls an ‘epidemic’ of motorists texting, calling and checking emails or social media at the wheel.
A study by the organization found a third of drivers had used a handheld phone to call while driving. Half had used their mobile in stationary traffic.
Currently, drivers caught using a mobile at the wheel face three points on their licence and a £100 fine.

A Department for Transport consultation, which was due to report later this year, had suggested increasing the sanction by one penalty point and £50.
But Government sources said the consultation would now recommend doubling the three-point penalty.
The tougher sanctions are likely to come into force in the first half of 2017, with details set to be unveiled in the coming weeks.

Motorists with 12 points automatically appear in court and face fines of up to £1,000 and at least a six-month ban.
For those with less than two years on the road – overwhelmingly young drivers – the penalties are even more severe. They can have their license revoked for accruing six points. It means they could be banned after being caught on a mobile once.
The ‘two strikes’ policy would see drivers hit the 12-point threshold for an automatic ban after two offenses instead of four
These drivers must reapply for a provisional license and may drive only as a learner until they pass a further theory and practical driving test.

Pete Williams, road safety spokesman for the RAC, said last night: ‘Toughening the fine and the penalty points will help to deter people from doing it in the first place. ‘However, it is just as important that laws are seen to be enforced. The decline in the numbers of dedicated road traffic police has only heightened the feeling that those who use a handheld phone while driving simply get away with it.’

Mr Grayling said the Department for Transport is developing a hard-hitting advertising campaign to make the use of mobiles as socially unacceptable as not wearing a seat belt. He added: ‘We all have a part to play in ensuring our family and friends do not use their phones while driving. ‘I will be announcing a tougher new penalty regime shortly.’

Yesterday the Mail revealed that the number of drivers punished for using a mobile at the wheel had plunged following police cuts. Official figures showed court convictions halved in four years, with the number of fixed penalty notices plunging by 76 per cent.
A survey of more than 26,000 AA members, released yesterday, revealed nine in ten are in favour of increased fines and penalty points for using hand-held phones behind the wheel.
AA president Edmund King said: ‘This is a behavioral issue and we need a radical campaign to end it. Only a shift in attitude, harsher penalties and better enforcement will improve matters.’
Research shows drivers’ reaction times are up to 50 per cent slower than normal when using a mobile. Phone use while driving was a contributory factor in 21 fatal accidents in 2014 and 22 the following year.

Suzette Davenport, the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for roads policing, said: ‘We will support these new measures with local action and national operations to keep our roads safe.
‘But drivers also need to take responsibility … and exert some social pressure on family and friends who take this risk.’

Motorists' insurance premiums could soar by more than £250 if they are hit with an automatic six-point penalty for using a mobile at the wheel, a Money Mail investigation reveals.
Many insurers levy much more moderate charges on drivers with three points – the current penalty for using a phone.
Campaigners said the figures proved an automatic six points would be a far stiffer deterrent than the existing system.

Analysis for the Mail by comparison site Go-Compare examined insurance quotes for a 55-year-old civil servant in St Albans, Hertfordshire. It compared the cost for a year’s cover if he had no convictions, if he had a three-point penalty for using a mobile, and if he had six points on his license for two phone offenses.

The research found a motorist with no convictions would be charged an average of £461 a year, typically rising by £38.55 a year if they received a three-point penalty for texting. But if the driver were to be automatically hit with six points, analysis shows their premiums would increase by a further £150 – £188 more than if they had no convictions.

Insurer E-sure would charge £473 a year if the driver had no convictions, according to Go-Compare, rising to £514 a year with three penalty points for texting. But their quote would rocket to £729 a year if they were given six points – an extra £256 because of the automatic penalty.

Alice Bailey of road safety charity Brake said: ‘We hope that realising just how much extra these motorists could be paying will be yet another reason to make drivers think again about ever using a mobile phone.’

The AA’s Ian Crowder said: ‘A six-point penalty could push up your premiums by hundreds of pounds a year and brings you closer to a ban at which point you may struggle to get cover at all.’

Written By Daniel Martin and Emily Kent Smith and Rebecca Camber for the Daily Mail

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Source: By Daniel Martin and Emily Kent Smith and Rebecca Camber for the Daily Mail

EU vil udstyre alle offentlige områder med gratis wifi
Denmark Created: 18 Sep 2016
WiFi4EU er det navnet på EU-Kommissionens plan om at bringe gratis wifi ud til europæiske gader og stræder.

EU-præsident Jean Claude Juncker lovede i sin årlige State of the Union-tale, at dedikere 120 millioner euro - eller omkring 890 millioner kroner - til udbredelsen af gratis wifi-spots.

Det skriver BBC.

Læs også: EU-dom kræver kodeord på alle åbne wifi-hotspots

Digitale teknologier gennemsyrer alle aspekter af vores liv, lød analysen fra EU-præsidenten. Adgangen til internet skal af den grund ikke have noget at gøre med, hvor man bor og hvad man tjener.

Derfor foreslår vi i dag at udstyre alle europæiske landsbyer og byer med gratis internetadgang omkring de centrale steder for offentligt liv inden 2020, sagde Juncker i sin tale.

Et faktaark for WiFi4EU-planen fortæller, at programmet kan omfatte internet i parker, på pladser og i biblioteker.

Læs også: Pas på roaming-fælde når du skal ud at sejle

Det bliver dog de lokale myndigheder, der skal dække omkosningerne, når EU’s pulje på 120 millioner euro løber tør.
Flere digitale målsætninger

Foruden gratis wifi satte Jean Claude Juncker som mål, at minimum én by i hvert EU-land bliver dækket af et 5G-netværk i 2020.

I 2025 lyder målet, at samtlige europæere skal have adgang til downloadhastigheder på 100 Mbps, og uafbrud 5G-dækning på alle større vej- og togstrækninger.

Læs også: 5G Manifest: Teleselskaber lover 5G i hele Europa i 2020, hvis reglerne for netneutralitet lempes

Endelig lovede Juncker en revideret strategi for roaming i EU-lande. Planen udkom tidligere på måneden, men har allerede mødt heftig kritik. Derfor kommer der i næste uge en opdateret plan.

When you roam it should feel like home, fastslog Jean Claude Juncker i sin tale.
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Source: Version2, Magnus Boye, 17 Sep 2016

Kæmpe fuser til iPhone-lancering med guld og glitter: Kun to mødte op
Denmark Created: 17 Sep 2016
3-butikken stod klar med både konfetti og balloner, men der var ikke mødt mange op for at storme butikken

Tidligere har folk ligget i kø i både kulde og regn i flere timer for at få fat i den nyeste iPhone-model, men i 3-butikken i Viborg var fremmødet til dagens lancering mildest talt ikke prangende.

Det lidt komiske øjeblik blev fanget på video af TV Midtvest. Du kan se det sjove øjeblik i klippet over artiklen.

På grund af stor interesse ved tidligere lanceringer af nye modeller var forventningerne ellers store i 3-butikken i Viborg, hvor de havde pyntet op med balloner, rød løber og konfetti i dagens anledning.

- Det gør vi, fordi kunderne har en stor forespørgsel på iphones. Det gælder så vidt muligt om at få kunder hevet ind til vores butik, og det gør vi ved at markedsføre på den måde, vi gør, siger Mads Lærke, der er sælger i 3-butikken, til TV Midtvest.

Der var dog kun to personer, der var mødt op til lanceringen for at erhverve sig den nye iPhone 7.

Se også: http://m.viborg-folkeblad.dk/viborg/skuffende-aabning-endte-med-viralt-hit-og-masser-af-solgte-mobiltelefoner
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Source: Agnes Ingvarsdottir

The effects of radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation on sperm function
Australia Created: 10 Sep 2016
Abstract: Mobile phone usage has become an integral part of our lives - However, the effects of the radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation (RF-EMR) emitted by these devices on biological systems and specifically the reproductive systems are currently under active debate.

A fundamental hindrance to the current debate is that there is no clear mechanism of how such non-ionising radiation influences biological systems. Therefore, we explored the documented impacts of RF-EMR on the male reproductive system and considered any common observations that could provide insights on a potential mechanism.

Among a total of 27 studies investigating the effects of RF-EMR on the male reproductive system, negative consequences of exposure were reported in 21. Within these 21 studies, 11 of the 15 that investigated sperm motility reported significant declines, 7 of 7 that measured the production of reactive oxygen species documented elevated levels and 4 of 5 studies that probed for DNA damage highlighted increased damage, due to RF-EMR exposure. Associated with this, RF-EMR treatment reduced antioxidant levels in 6 of 6 studies that studied this phenomenon, while consequences of RF-EMR were successfully ameliorated with the supplementation of antioxidants in all 3 studies that carried out these experiments.

In light of this, we envisage a two-step mechanism whereby RF-EMR is able to induce mitochondrial dysfunction leading to elevated ROS production. A continued focus on research which aims to shed light on the biological effects of RF-EMR will allow us to test and assess this proposed mechanism in a variety of cell types.

Related news:
Jul 2015, Ukraine: 93 of 100 studies confirm Oxidative Stress from RF-radiation: review
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Source: PubMed, Houston B. et al., 06 Sep 2016

Apple eliminates headphone jack from iPhone 7: Harmful to your health?
USA Created: 8 Sep 2016
(CNN) Apple's new iPhone 7 will ditch the ubiquitous headphone jack, senior vice president of marketing Phil Schiller announced Wednesday at the company's keynote event in San Francisco.
Many tech writers are touting the positive implications of this seismic shift for cell phones: better sound quality, a thinner design and superior water resistance, to name a few.

But the new wireless AirPods (which will be available for purchase as a premium accessory) will effectively put radio transceivers in your ears, a decision that could impact your health.

"I think it's unfortunate, because Apple themselves acknowledges in their fine print -- often hidden -- that you need to keep cell phones ... away from the ear, and most people don't do that," says Dr. Anthony Miller, senior adviser to the Environmental Health Trust, an activist group that studies radiation and cell phone usage.
Most people talk on their cell phones while holding them directly in contact with their ear, and Apple does make warnings regarding radio frequency (RF) exposure available to consumers, but it's buried in the legal section of the company's website. You can also find it on your iOS by going to Settings -> General -> About -> Legal -> RF Exposure.

*SNIP* read the entire article via the source link below...
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Source: CNN, Ben Tinker, 8 Sep 2016

Pet dementia blamed on lazy lifestyles and poor diets? BUT, Could it be because they are left in a Wireless House 24/7?
United Kingdom Created: 6 Sep 2016
Pet owners who notice their animals becoming forgetful and confused may be shocked to learn that the cause could be a particularly human problem.
Growing numbers of cats and dogs are suffering from dementia, with more than a million in Britain likely to have the condition.
Vets have warned that sedentary lifestyles and poor diets may be behind the rising number of dogs succumbing to the disease.
Experts have noticed that cats are also falling prey to a decline in their cognitive abilities, leading to clumsiness and other behaviour problems, such as getting lost in familiar territory.
They have warned that an estimated 1.3 million cats and dogs in Britain suffer from dementia, with a third of dogs developing some form of cognitive decline from the age of eight and two thirds of dogs experiencing similar problems from the age of 15.
"We see the same problems with their pets eating more and getting less exercise and this may lead to an increase in dementia."Prof Holger Volk, Royal Veterinary College
Other studies, including one from the University of Edinburgh, suggest that half of all cats over the age of 15 and a third of those aged 11 to 14 suffer from dementia.
Prof Holger Volk, of the Royal Veterinary College, a leading veterinary scientist, said: "I don't think that people really realise how serious this problem is."
He said a lack of activity, with owners less willing to take their dogs out for long walks, plus a diet of cheap pet food might be to blame for aggravating the onset of dementia.
"We are seeing an increase in pet obesity. Just as we see health problems among people who are less active so we see the same problems with their pets eating more and getting less exercise and this may lead to an increase in dementia," he said.
Prof Volk said there is little understanding of the problem among pet owners, leading them to miss the signs of their animals' decline.

Sara Johnson noticed something was wrong with her cat, Emma, when it began to miaow at walls, get stuck in corners and walk around in circles. Mrs Johnson, 41, from Newbury, is a trained dementia carer and suspected her 16-year-old cat might be suffering from the same condition.
"It was very upsetting to see her like that and I suppose I was lucky in that I recognised the symptoms," she said.
Mrs Johnson's vet confirmed that Emma was suffering from feline dementia, or cognitive dysfunction syndrome, and recommended a supplement called Aktivait to help minimise the worst of her symptoms.

Prof Volk says the key to slowing the onset of pet dementia is for owners to ensure their animals get regular, vigorous exercise. "Neurons in the brain go into decline with dementia and the more you exercise the more they remain active," he said.
He also recommended changing pets' diets "so that they are eating high quality pet food containing fatty acids".
Dementia in pets: Tell-tale signs your animal may be ill
Getting stuck behind furniture and needing help to get out
Forgetting what they have just done, for example, greeting their owner, then losing them and having to find and greet them again
Standing on the hinge side of a door rather than the side it opens
"Drifting away" from an activity
Walking in circles
Forgetting to eat, or forgetting they have just eaten
Struggling to find their way around
6 September 2016
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Source: By Patrick Sawer, Senior Reporter. Daily Telegraph

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