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Two Billion Data Records Exposed in 'Smart Home' Breach
USA Created: 4 Jul 2019
Security researchers have found a user database, consisting two billion records, "had been left exposed to the Internet without any password to protect it", reports Forbes.

The information in the database belonged to Orvibo, a Chinese company that runs a smart home device management platform, and included: email addresses, passwords, precise geolocation, IP address, username, userID, family name and ID, smart device, device that accessed account, scheduling information, and account reset codes.

The researchers from vpnMentor, led by Noam Rotem and Ran Locar, stated that reset codes "would be sent to a user to reset either their password or their email address. With that information readily accessible, a hacker could lock a user out of their account without needing their password. Changing both a password and an email address could make the action irreversible."

Regarding Orvibo's home security devices, including smart locks, home security cameras and full smart home kits, the researchers stated: "With the information that has leaked, it's clear that there is nothing secure about these devices. Even having one of these devices installed could undermine, rather than enhance, your physical security."

Rather un-prophetically, the Orvibo website states that the company "supports millions of IoT devices and guarantees the data safety."

However, the researchers found this safety was lacking and the "breach methodology itself was shockingly predictable: a misconfigured and Internet-facing Elasticsearch database without a password." If this wasn't bad enough, a Kibana web-based app, there to make navigating through the data easier, had no password protection.

Orvibo makes around 100 smart home or smart automation devices and claims to have more than a million users around the world, including private individuals with smart home systems, hotels and business customers. VpnMentor reported it found information for users in China, Japan, Thailand, Mexico, France, Australia, Brazil, the United Kingdom and the USA.

It's unknown if anyone has taken advantage of the vulnerability (yet) and, as of July 1, the database was still accessible with no password protection.
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Source: SecAlert, Giulio Saggin, 04 Jul 2019

Ninth Circuit Court Upholds Berkeley's 'Cell Phone Right to Know' Law
USA Created: 3 Jul 2019
Today a Federal appeals court upheld the "cell phone right to know" law adopted by the City of Berkeley in May, 2015.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed Berkeley's right to require cell phone retailers in the city to notify prospective customers about cell phone manufacturers' safety guidelines to ensure consumer safety.

The mandatory notification states:

"The City of Berkeley requires that you be provided the following notice:

“To assure safety, the Federal Government requires that cell phones meet radiofrequency (RF) exposure guidelines. If you carry or use your phone in a pants or shirt pocket or tucked into a bra when the phone is ON and connected to a wireless network, you may exceed the federal guidelines for exposure to RF radiation. Refer to the instructions in your phone or user manual for information about how to use your phone safely.”

The CTIA--The Wireless Association filed a lawsuit in June, 2015, a month after the law was adopted, to block the ordinance claiming that it violated the Telecom industry's First Amendment rights and that the notification was preempted by Federal law. After the city adopted a minor change in the safety notice, the Federal district court ruled against the industry's request for a preliminary injunction. The law has been in effect in the city since March 21, 2016.

Today on a 2-1 decision, a panel of judges from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued the following opinion:

"The panel affirmed the district court’s denial of CTIA’s request for a preliminary injunction that sought to stay enforcement of a City of Berkeley ordinance requiring cell phone retailers to inform prospective cell phone purchasers that carrying a cell phone in certain ways may cause them to exceed Federal Communications Commission guidelines for exposure to radio-frequency radiation."

" ... the panel held that the text of the compelled disclosure was literally true, Berkeley’s required disclosure was uncontroversial within the meaning of NIFLA, and the compelled disclosure was not unduly burdensome.The panel concluded that CTIA had little likelihood of success on its First Amendment claim that the disclosure compelled by the Berkeley ordinance was unconstitutional."

"Turning to the issue of federal preemption of Berkeley’s ordinance, the panel held that far from conflicting with federal law and policy, the Berkeley ordinance complemented and enforced it. The panel held that Berkeley’s compelled disclosure did no more than alert consumers to the safety disclosures that the Federal Communications Commission required, and directed consumers to federally compelled instructions in their user manuals providing specific information about how to avoid excessive exposure. The panel concluded that CTIA had little likelihood of success based on conflict preemption."

"The panel held that there was no showing of irreparable harm based on CTIA’s First Amendment claim, or based on the preemption claim. The panel concluded that the balance of the equities favored Berkeley. The panel further held that the ordinance was in the public interest and that an injunction would harm that interest. The panel concluded that the district court did not abuse its discretion in denying preliminary injunctive relief to CTIA."

The CTIA can appeal today's ruling by once again requesting an en banc hearing involving 11 judges before the Appeals Court and/or requesting the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case. Moreover, the issue that has been litigated the past four years is the CTIA's request for a preliminary injunction to temporarily block the ordinance until the Federal courts hear the case and issue a final decision. That the CTIA will employ the same legal arguments in litigating the case portends well in the long run for the City of Berkeley.

See below for a detailed chronology of the ordinance adoption by the City of Berkeley and the ensuing lawsuit filed by the CTIA (CTIA--The Wireless Ass'n. v. City of Berkeley, et al; case number 16-15141).

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Source: SaferEMR, Joel M. Moskowitz, 01 Jul 2019

Where are voices critical of 5G?
USA Created: 25 Jun 2019
Big Wireless, including the government, has formed a global alliance to protect and concentrate their profits. Their leaders have organized strategies to buy off politicians through lobbying; and it has captured the regulatory agency, FTC, through revolving door hiring strategies and paid-for media influence through advertising dollars.

They have eliminated competition and investigative reporting, all disguised as a means to protect you from “misinformation.”

The problem is the absence of critical voices on adverse health risks. There are thousands of peer-reviewed studies with established science of the health hazards caused by non-ionizing EMF exposures: It’s the single most important health issue of our time. Ignoring a problem doesn’t change it. It merely increases its scale.

During a February 7, 2019, Senate Commerce, science and Transportation Committee hearing on the future of 5G and its impact, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal raised the fact that there has been no scientific research and data on 5G’s potential health risks.

In April 2019, Sprint was forced to shut down the cell phone tower at a Ripon, California, elementary school after some parents said it may be linked to several recent cases of childhood cancer from harmful radiation.

The problem is that these supposedly safe levels of exposures are based on decades-old studies (1996) and applied to advanced technology. Plus, the exposure time is only six to 30 minutes vs. the equivalent of living next to a tower. In addition, their studies are based on thermal (heat only) and disregards the biological DNA damage caused by non-ionizing microwave radiation. The FCC “safe guidelines” are scientifically unsound and meaningless.

It will be the bane of the mainstream media to hold them accountable for not reporting – especially the exposure later that’s it’s killing people. This conversation should have been held years ago.

Judy Bruce, Simi Valley
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Source: Ventura County Star, Judy Bruce, 25 Jun 2019

School wireless safety bill passes state senate
USA Created: 15 Jun 2019
June 13, 2019, the Oregon State Senate passed SB 283, which directs the Oregon Health Authority to review independently-funded scientific studies of the health effects of exposure to microwave radiation, particularly exposure that results from use of wireless network technologies in schools.

The bill also directs the Oregon Department of Education to develop recommendations to schools in this state for practices and alternative technologies that reduce students’ exposure to microwave radiation that Oregon Health Authority report identifies as harmful.

The bill is expected to also pass in the House, following compelling testimony from the Chair of the Health Committee, Sen. Laurie Monnes-Anderson. Monnes-Anderson has championed this issue for many years while facing ridicule and disrespect from other legislators.

The issue has come to the fore as reports of cancer clusters in schools near cell towers and using wireless microwave technology, as faculty and students increasingly report being stricken with microwave sickness in schools, at alarming rates.
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Source:, Alicia Rubin, 13 Jun 2019

Louisiana Becomes First State to Call for Study on Health Impacts of 5G
USA Created: 10 Jun 2019
A RESOLUTION To urge and request the Department of Environmental Quality in conjunction with the Louisiana Department of Health to study the environmental and health effects of evolving fifth generation cellular network technology (5G) and report its findings to the House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment and the House Committee on Health and Welfare no later than sixty days prior to the convening of the 2020 Regular Session of the Legislature.

Read the entire bill via the source link below...
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Source: Louisiana House Resolution 145, 31 May 2019

Millennials, 1st generation to grow up with mobile-phones, suffer dramatic decline in health at young age: report
USA Created: 9 Jun 2019
Insights from the BCBS Health Index show that the major decline in health, on average, begins at age 27 (see Exhibit 1) - This report examines the overall health of the millennial generation, which will soon be the largest generation of Americans in the workforce.

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Source: Blue Cross Blue Shield, 24 Apr 2019

Why, oh why, do legislators believe what lobbyists say about safety of 5G?
USA Created: 9 May 2019
With their push to legalize the 5G rollout in Vermont by succumbing to the pressure of industry lobbyists, the Legislature and Public Utility Commission fail in their jobs — fail to listen to citizens screaming, “Foul! Foul!".

Everyday citizens of Vermont have done the research the legislators, commissioners, and the industry have failed to do.

No studies by the industry have been done and yet they are willing to barge full steam ahead in their experiment on all us human guinea pigs and radiate the entire environment with various frequencies of microwave radiation.

Do you want to live in a microwave? Do you want to be slow cooked? I do not. Not me, nor my family, nor my friends!

Besides, I believe this crackpot idea is against the law — our right to safety, as stated very clearly in the Vermont Constitution.

Literally thousands of independent scientific studies have shown 5G radiation to be harmful, and sometimes lethal, to life.

Why, oh why, do legislators believe lies provided them by lobbyists for the industry? Why do legislators forget their oath of office or forget to consult the constitution?

Why would any legislator believe a lobbyist who says something to the effect of ”5G will never come to Vermont because it is not financially feasible”? If it isn’t “financially feasible,” why would industry pay lobbyists to come to Vermont’s legislators urging them to pass a bill (H.513) that promotes harm to Vermonters?

Of course, no lobbyists will tell the whole story — i.e., the truth about 5G.

Why would legislators believe anything a lobbyist says? Lobbyists are paid to lie — to misrepresent truth — in order to present a false image of their employer. Otherwise, a beneficial service or product would speak for itself: there would be no need for their services.

I’m calling on all legislators to believe the people who have provided testimonies and research evidence that 5G is harmful to all life! H.513 endangers all life in Vermont and is contrary to already existing law. This bill must fail to pass!

Legislators, please do not fail us again. Vermonters have unalienable rights to life and safety. Nothing trumps this truth or these rights. Vermonters are for a future of their own design, not an artificially induced one.

Lynn Russell
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Source: The Commons, Lynn Russell, 08 May 2019

Some Syracuse lawmakers wary of 5G, challenge claims that it’s safe
USA Created: 9 May 2019
Syracuse’s ambitious plan to emerge as one of America’s first 5G cities has hit a series of obstacles as lawmakers raise concerns about the health risks of the burgeoning technology.

At a Common Council meeting Wednesday, city officials and Verizon representatives tried to assure councilors that a 5G network is as safe as any other wireless technology. But councilors voiced skepticism, asking for evidence and questioning the motives of scientists and federal agencies that have said 5G is safe.

Verizon hammered out a deal with Mayor Ben Walsh’s administration that would give the company blanket approval to install small cell towers needed to build a 5G data network citywide. That deal needs council approval before work can begin.

If the deal is approved, Syracuse would be one of the first major cities in America to roll out a 5G network. Verizon has made 5G available in Chicago and Minneapolis. Last week, the company unveiled plans to begin building 5G networks in 20 more major U.S. cities.

The network allows for increased connectivity across wireless devices and could pave the way for new advances in Syracuse like self-driving cars or improved public transit. Walsh has said 5G will bolster the high-tech economy he is trying to support and make Syracuse more attractive to businesses.

But the new technology has stoked fear among residents who are wary of the unknown risks associated with more wireless signals criss-crossing the city. Councilors said they’ve been flooded with calls from constituents asking them to vote no on 5G.
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Source:, Chris Baker, 02 May 2019

Nevada City’s council foregoes 5G moratorium, will strengthen existing telecom ordinance
USA Created: 2 May 2019
A proposed moratorium by Nevada City on 5G wireless turned out to be a no-go, after the city’s attorneys advised the council members they could not legally impose one.

Nevada City’s council did expand its already existing wireless telecommunications ordinance, however, in order to establish control over wireless facilities on private land.

In February, council members approved an ordinance to limit putting small cell facilities on PG&E poles and other utility-company owned structures, and set “reasonable” limits on output to protect public health, safety and welfare. The ordinance established a three-tiered system for the approval of wireless telecommunications facilities based on size and location.

The city council subsequently asked staff to prepare an ordinance to make telecommunications regulations applicable citywide, not just in public right of ways. In a staff report, City Manager Catrina Olson noted consultant Rusty Monroe had drafted a draft ordinance that completely replaced the already existing ordinance, and expressed concern with the possible expense of starting over from scratch.

“As we learned … there are inefficiencies and extra expenses involved in having consultants, attorneys and council members all involved in the process without clear direction from the council on how to proceed and how aggressive it wants to be in its regulations,” the staff report stated.

Olson told the city council members at the April 24 meeting the intent is to fill in the existing gaps. The council could choose to either amend and add to the existing telecommunications regulations applicable to public right of ways that was previously adopted, to extend those regulations citywide, or totally replace the existing ordinance with a rewrite as recommended by Monroe.

During public comment, many of those in attendance expressed concerns about the potential health effects of the proliferation of wireless technology.

Resident John Lumiere-Wins told council members that Wi-Fi affects brains negatively, interfering with its pathways and causing irreversible damage.

“This stuff is dangerous,” he said. “It’s hurting people.”

Consulting attorney Scott Porter acknowledged the council’s desire to take an aggressive position, and will draft an amended ordinance and submit it for public comment well ahead of any scheduled public hearing.

5G cannot be prohibited, staff says

Staff also had been directed to bring to the council either an urgency ordinance regulating 5G networks, or a moratorium on applications for such 5G facilities until an ordinance could be prepared and adopted.

The staff report noted that because Nevada City previously adopted a moratorium on wireless facilities in the right of way, the city cannot now establish another interim ordinance affecting the same property.

“If the city were to adopt an urgency ordinance to totally prohibit 5G technology, such an ordinance would likely be challenged, and the city would bear substantial defense costs,” the staff report stated.

The report added, however, that any of the current designs of 5G facilities that would be placed on existing power poles would not meet the design guidelines approved by Nevada City, which would trigger a discretionary review that would allow location and aesthetics considerations.

While Nevada City cannot impose a moratorium, it can regulate 5G facilities in other ways, such as aesthetic concerns, Porter explained.

“The (amended wireless) ordinance we are working on will resolve these concerns,” he said. “I don’t see the need for an urgency ordinance.”

After hearing public comment from those in attendance who primarily wanted a moratorium, the council members agreed to not go forward with a separate urgency ordinance for 5G and instead work toward strengthening the current telecommunications ordinance.

No date has been set yet for the release of that draft.
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Source: The Union, Liz Kellar, 30 Apr 2019

Syracuse councilors question potential health risks from 5G
USA Created: 2 May 2019
Verizon Wireless wants to deploy 5G smart cell technology in the city of Syracuse. City officials describe the potential of 5G as huge, doing things like enabling autonomous vehicles, augmented reality, and enhanced broadband. But some are questioning whether there are any potential health risks from the new technology.

The Syracuse Common Council is debating the approval of a license agreement with Verizon to install small wireless facilities on the city’s streetlights. Mark Coon, a regulatory manager for Verizon, said the consensus of the health and scientific communities is that there are no known health effects from wireless equipment that operates under federal guidelines.

“Wireless technology for wireless communications transmits radio frequency signals over the airwaves, no different than your garage door opener, or a baby monitor or a Wi-Fi router in your home," Coon said. "5G is no different than 4G, is no different than any of the generations of wireless services, as far as that radio frequency transmission.”

But councilors said they have constituents telling them to vote no on the deal, over concerns about cancer. Councilors pointed to countries around the world and cities on the West Coast, banning 5G. Councilor Bryn Lovejoy-Grinnell said there are a lot of unknown health and safety risks.

“I think it’s worth exploring that further, because I don’t think we have a great view, at this point, what the consensus is," Lovejoy-Grinnell said. "We have an obligation to make sure that our citizens are safe and that this technology doesn’t pose a risk of danger to them.”

If the agreement does go through, Verizon could deploy 100 nodes in the first year on the southwest and northeast sides of the city. The council could vote on the deal or put it on hold, Monday.
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Source: WRVO Public Media, Tom Magnarelli, 02 May 2019

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