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Cell Phone Radiation Breaks DNA
USA Created: 2 Oct 2016
Latest NTP Findings Are Consistent with Higher Tumor Counts.

In May, the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP) announced that male rats exposed to cell phone radiation developed higher rates of cancer. Soon, the NTP will explain how that might have happened.

The same radiation that led male rats to develop brain tumors also caused DNA breaks in their brains. Female rats —which did not have significantly elevated tumor counts— had fewer DNA breaks.

All these findings are part of the same $25 million NTP project.

The NTP results provide “strong evidence for the genotoxicity of cell phone radiation,” said Ron Melnick, who led the team that designed the NTP study. This “should put to rest the old argument that RF radiation cannot cause DNA damage,” he told us.

“Finding DNA damage in the brain of rats supports NTP’s tumor data,” according to Melnick.

This is perhaps the most decisive chapter in a saga that began more than 20 years ago when Henry Lai and N.P. Singh showed that RF/microwave radiation could cause DNA breaks. After that the "war games" began and never let up.

Read our new story, the latest chapter on NTP's most expensive project ever:

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Louis Slesin, PhD
Editor, Microwave News
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Source: Microwave News, Louis Slesin PhD, 06 Sep 2016

European Court ruling may kill off free Wi-Fi
Belgium Created: 2 Oct 2016
In short: a copyright ruling in a case of music shared via an open Wi-Fi network has the potential to make hosting free Wi-Fi access points too cumbersome, as the ruling demands that access to such Wi-Fi networks be restricted by registering all users and issuing separate passwords for all.


European Court Allows Copyright Owners to Demand Open Wifi Networks be Password Protected

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) recently announced its decision in Sony v McFadden with important consequences for open wireless in the European Union. The court held that providers of open wifi are not liable for copyright violations committed by others, but can be ordered to prevent further infringements by restricting access to registered users with passwords. EFF reported on the legal aspects of the case last year and collaborated on an open letter to the ECJ on the costs to economic growth, safety and innovation of a password lockdown.

Free wifi is rare in Germany compared with other EU countries due to legal uncertainty generated by the doctrine of Störerhaftung, a form of indirect liability for the actions of others, which has deterred cafes, municipalities and others from offering free connectivity. Many in Germany hoped that the McFadden case would remove these doubts, but it is now clear that a legislative fix is needed instead.
A Community Wireless Advocate in Court

McFadden, a community wireless activist with Freifunk, offered free wifi from his shop. He received a cease and desist letter from Sony Music after a user shared music from his network, and they also demanded that he pay the lawyer fees for this letter. McFadden successfully argued he was a service provider under the national implementation of the E-Commerce Directive and a 'mere conduit' for his users' traffic. This shielded him from direct liability for his users’ copyright violations but not from Störerhaftung - a liability attaching to any party in a position to ‘terminate or prevent’ the infringements. As a result copyright owners had a claim for injunctive relief against McFadden.

The German court proposed three enforcement options: shutting the network, monitoring all traffic, or ending user anonymity through a registration and password system. According to the ECJ only the last of these is consistent with EU law, but such a ‘solution’ will introduce major administrative overhead for providers. Worse still, they could also be saddled with the legal costs incurred in seeking the injunction. In the face of such burdens many operators will shut down...
A Solution in Sight?

The ECJ found that password based restrictions are consistent with EU law, not that they are required by it. The other options, however, would have would have entailed breaches of the E-Commerce rules and fundamental rights. The good news is that this means a domestic solution compatible with EU law is possible. Ideally German legislators would abolish Störerhaftung altogether. A previous attempt at legal reform last June was supposed [German] to deal with this but is regarded as flawed.

An alternative, less comprehensive approach, would be to shift the legal costs of the injunction to the party requesting it. If the bills are paid by the wifi owner, there is an incentive for lawyers to launch actions against every open wifi node in the country. Copyright trolling has history in Germany, where lawyers have leveraged the 'formal system of notice' for cease and desist letters (abmahnungen) into a shakedown system against millions for alleged copyright infringement online. But if the rightsholders must cover their own costs, orders will only be sought against nodes which are a serious source of infringements.
Universal Access: Forever Deferred?

A day before the McFadden verdict, the head of the EU Commission outlined a goal of free wifi throughout Europe by 2020. This will never be achieved by top-down means alone, but will require a user-based movement of connection sharing. The ECJ did not address the situation of individuals who make wifi available without economic motive, but German activists are protecting themselves against risks by technical means. Freifunk, for example, routes user traffic through a virtual private network so that it appears to originate in the Netherlands or Sweden, countries where Störerhaftung does not exist.

Universal access to the net will ultimately require curbing the power of a copyright industry which sees free networks as a threat to their property, something to be controlled and monitored rather than opened up and shared. In March, the Advocate General, whose reports are intended to guide the ECJ's decisions, rejected the password lockdown approach as inconsistent with a fair balance of the competing fundamental rights involved. He continued:

"any general obligation to make access to a Wi-Fi network secure, as a means of protecting copyright on the Internet, could be a disadvantage for society as a whole and one that could outweigh the potential benefits for rightholders."

The ECJ did not follow his advice, and now it's up to legislators to fix what's broken.
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Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation, Alan Toner, 26 Sep 2016

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

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