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Austrian parliament commissions study on 5G health effects
Austria Created: 9 Aug 2019
The Austrian parliament has commissioned a study into the health effects of 5G networks due to concerns among the public the new generation of mobile services could pose risks from increased radiation exposure.

The Advisory Council on Technology Assessment of the Austrian Parliament has decided to obtain expertise in the field and appointed a consortium of the Institute for Technology Assessment of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Austrian Institute of Technology to conduct a study. The research institutes already provide the parliament with scientific advice on many topics.

The study is expected to be ready by January 2020, providing an overview of the latest research on the topic. The report will be published on the parliament's website.
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Source: Telecom Paper, 09 Aug 2019

EUROPAEM EMF Guideline 2015 to be revised and republished in 2016
Austria Created: 23 Dec 2015
The EUROPAEM EMF Guideline 2015, published on 27th November 2015 in the Journal Reviews on Environmental Health, has been withdrawn by the authors on 11th December 2015 for editorial reasons.

It is intended to submit a revised EUROPAEM EMF Guideline 2016. We ask for patience.

Interested parties can subscribe to our newsletter to get informed about the new release.
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Source: EUROPAEM, 12 Dec 2015

EUROPAEM EMF-guide for physicians is now Open-Access
Austria Created: 2 Dec 2015
Dear all, thanks to Dr Gerd Oberfeld and his co-authors in the European Academy for Environmental Medicine (EUROPAEM) – EMF working group - the updated EMF-guide is now available as open-access.

Link:
http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/reveh.2015.30.issue-4/reveh-2015-0033/reveh-2015-0033.xml?format=INT

(click "Full text PDF" button for download)
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Source: Reviews on Environmental Health, Oberfeld et al., 02 Dec 2015

Cell phone usage and erectile function
Austria Created: 28 Mar 2014
Introduction: The objective of this pilot study was to report our experience concerning the effects of cell phone usage on erectile function (EF) in men.

Material and Methods:
We recruited 20 consecutive men complaining of erectile dysfunction (ED) for at least six months (Group A), and another group of 10 healthy men with no complaints of ED (Group B). Anamnesis, basic laboratory investigations, and clinical examinations were performed. All men completed the German version of the Sexual Health Inventory for Men (SHIM) for evaluation of the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF), as well as another questionnaire designed by our clinicians that assessed cell phone usage habits.

Results:
There was no significant difference between both groups regarding age, weight, height, and total testosterone (Table 1). The SHIM scores of Group A were significantly lower than that of Group B, 11.2 ±5 and 24.2 ±2.3, respectively. Total time spent talking on the cell phone per week was not significantly higher in Group A over B, 17.6 ±11.1 vs. 12.5 ±7 hours. Men with ED were found to carry their ‘switched on’ cell phones for a significantly longer time than those without ED, 4.4 ±3.6 vs. 1.8 ±1 hours per day.

Conclusions.
We found a potential correlation with cell phone usage and a negative impact on EF. Further large–scale studies confirming our initial data and exploring the mechanisms involved in this phenomenon are recommended.
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Source: Cent European J Urol. 2013, Badereddin et al, 26 Apr 2013

Guideline of the Austrian Medical Association for the diagnosis and treatment of EMF related health problems and illnesses
Austria Created: 30 Mar 2012
Consensus paper of the Austrian Medical Association’s EMF Working Group (AG-EMF).

Adopted at the meeting of environmental medicine officers of the Regional Medical Association ́s and the Austrian Medical Association on 3rd March 2012 in Vienna.

Introduction

There has been a sharp rise in unspecific, often stress-associated health problems that increasingly present physicians with the challenge of complex differential diagnosis. A cause that has been accorded little attention so far is increasing electrosmog exposure at home, at work and during leisure activities, occurring in addition to chronic stress in personal and working life. It correlates with an overall situation of chronic stress that can lead to burnout.
How can physicians respond to this development?
The Austrian Medical Association has developed a guideline for differential diagnosis and potential treatment of unspecific stress-related health problems associated with electrosmog. Its core element is a patient questionnaire consisting of a general assessment of stress symptoms and a specific assessment of electrosmog exposure.
The guideline is intended as an aid in diagnosing and treating EMF-related health problems.

Read the entire document (PDF) via the source link below.
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Source: Austrian Medical Association, 03 Mar 2012

Wi-Fi router security encryption is wide open to hackers
Austria Created: 3 Jan 2012
Most modern routers who use design flaws in the Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) could easily retrieve a wireless network's password through brute force and leave it open to attack. Stefan Viehböck at first brought the issue to light by security researcher and has since prompted a vulnerability notice from the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT).

Basically,it is the PIN authentication used by many wireless routers “significantly” decreases the time required to launch a brute force attack against the PIN because the flaw allows the Attacker (Hacker) to know when the first half of predefined 8 digit PIN printed on a sticker by the router manufacturer is correct. In plain word, entering the wrong PIN returns information that could be useful to a Hacker. The lack of a proper lock out policy after certain numbers of failed attempts leads to guess the PIN on wireless routers which makes this brute force attack.

“An attacker within range of the wireless access point may be able to brute force the WPS PIN and retrieve the password for the wireless network, change the configuration of the access point, or cause a denial of service”, US-CERT said.

WPS was created in 2007 by the Wi-Fi Alliance in order to ease the set up of a wireless home network. The PIN-based method is mandatory for WPS-certified devices. This authentication method called “external registrar” that only requires the router’s PIN. Exact 8 digit PIN code would produce a huge figure of 100,000,000 possible combinations. It will take few years to crack the code for an Attacker/Hacker. The last digit is actually the Checksum of the other seven digits. It means, an attacker just only has to try 11,000 instead of 100,000,000 different combinations to find the Perfect combination of PIN.

Unfortunately, an authentication attempt takes only between 0.5 and 3 seconds, allowing an attacker to go through all 11,000 combinations in less than 4 hours. “On average an attack will succeed in half the time,” Viehbock said.

Stefan Viehboeck said in a blog, “few really bad design decisions which enable an efficient brute force attack, thus effectively breaking the security of pretty much all WPS-enabled Wi-Fi routers. As all of the more recent router models come with WPS enabled by default, this affects millions of devices worldwide.”

This flaw problem can be sort out through simple software fix and inputting a little more security. Till then the US-Cert has recommended users to switch off WPS.
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Source: The Tech Journal, Smith, 03 Jan 2012

More on the Austrian TETRA Motorola bribery scandal:
Austria Created: 10 Sep 2011
Several people have sent me more on the Austrian TETRA Motorola bribery scandal:
Here is an NZ article in English:
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/middle-east/news/article.cfm?l_id=8&objectid=10749523&ref=rss
and another, via industry news portal:
http://www.telecompaper.com/news/austrian-police-network-tender-possibly-influenced-report#Comments
and here's a 3 minute video by an undercover journalist exposing MEP Ernst Strasser (implicated in TETRA bribe scandal) as a lobbyist - it's simply unbelievable!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJxD-ysedbk
Thank you all so much for sharing these links!
With my very best regards
Yours sincerely
Olle
Source: Olle Johansen/Agnes Ingvarsdottir

Die Aufklärung der Telekom-Austria Affäre müsse mit allem Nachdruck durchgeführt werden:
Austria Created: 9 Sep 2011
„Muss aufs Schärfste verurteilt werden“
Bundespräsident Heinz Fischer drängt auf rasche und lückenlose Aufklärung der Telekom-Austria-Affäre und ist für schärfere Gesetze zur Korruptionsbekämpfung. „Wir müssen diesen Infektionsherd unter Kontrolle bringen“, sagte er. „Wir brauchen eine Politik und Wirtschaft mit sauberen Händen.“

„Die Verquickung von Politik und Geschäften aus persönlichem Gewinnstreben muss auf das Schärfste verurteilt werden“, hält der Präsident fest. Die Aufklärung der Telekom-Austria-Affäre müsse „mit allem Nachdruck durchgeführt werden: Österreich hat einen guten Ruf zu verteidigen“. Einen Imageschaden bedeute die Causa „zumindest für bestimmte Firmen, und diese Firmen sind Teil unseres Landes, also darf man das nicht auf die leichte Schulter nehmen“.

Read more:
http://orf.at/stories/2077351/2077347/
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Source: Agnes Ingvarsdottir

BIG (!) corruption scandal in Austria, with implictions world-wide:
Austria Created: 9 Sep 2011
"A Mega-Corruption-Scandal in the "Wireless Business Area" makes the whole country of Austria shake und tremble. Politicians resign, and a great part of politicians since the beginning of the mobile communication era are said to be involved in corrupted processes. A famous politician, Gabi Burgstaller, political chief, minister president of Salzburg and the county of Salzburg has stopped the further extension of TETRA and digital office wireless communication because of massiv indications for corruption. American authorities are very interested in this case - the biggest scandal that hits the country since the second world war - because of it's worldwide implications. A politician - as it seems one not involved in the scandal - recently said in the public service television of Austria:
"Telekom (Mobilephoncompagnie) has covered the whole country with a system of organized corruption"

Read In German here: http://orf.at/stories/2077351/2077347/
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Source: Olle Johansen/Agnes Ingvarsdottir

Massive TETRA bribery SCANDAL with Motorola at center
Austria Created: 8 Sep 2011
US regulators are investigating an Austrian lobbyist and US telecom maker Motorola over alleged bribes of up to 2,2 million euros (NZ$3,68m), Austrian weekly Profil revealed at the weekend.

From April 2004 onwards, Motorola apparently transferred up to 2.2 million euros to three firms controlled by lobbyist Alfons Mensdorff-Pouilly, Profil said in a summary of a report to be published on Monday, local time.

Mensdorff-Pouilly then used this money to make "illegal payments" to key political figures in Europe and the Middle East, it said.

The US Securities and Exchange Commission had evidence that "people in office" were bribed with presents and holidays, and has now launched a probe against Mensdorff-Pouilly and Motorola, Profil added.

The news magazine already reported last week on an alleged contract between the lobbyist and the US telecom company over a digital radio project by the Austrian government.

Mensdorff-Pouilly allegedly helped secure the project for a consortium including Motorola and Telekom Austria, gaining up to 2.6 million euros in the process, according to Profil.

Telekom Austria is itself facing a wave of corruption claims that emerged in recent weeks, and on Friday announced an external probe by international experts into the allegations.

Mensdorff-Pouilly himself is no stranger to corruption claims.

In January 2010, he was charged in Britain with bribing European officials to secure fighter jet contracts for defence giant BAE Systems. The charges were eventually dropped.

- AFP
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Source: New Zealand Herald, 05 Sep 2011

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