Court Documents Reveal How Feds Spied On Connected Cars For 15 Years

Original here: http://thehackernews.com/2017/01/cartapping-connected-cars.html

By Swati Khandelwal

It’s not always necessary to break into your computer or smartphone to spy on you. Today all are day-to-day devices are becoming more connected to networks than ever to add convenience and ease to daily activities.

But here’s what we forget: These connected devices can be turned against us because we are giving companies, hackers, and law enforcement a large number of entry points to break into our network.

These connected devices can also be a great boon for law enforcement that can listen and track us everywhere.

Let’s take the recent example of 2016 Arkansas murder case where Amazon was asked to hand over audio recordings from a suspect’s Echo.

However, that was not the first case where feds asked any company to hand over data from a suspect’s connected device, as they have long retrieved such information from connected cars.

According to court documents obtained by Forbes, United States federal agencies have a 15-year history of “Cartapping” — where vehicle tech providers are ordered to hand over almost real-time audio and location data from a user.

How Police Have Spied On Connected-Cars For Years?

Example? In 2014, satellite radio and telematics provider SiriusXM provided location information of a Toyota 4-Runner following a warrant by New York police, which was recently unsealed.

The warrant asked SiriusXM “to activate and monitor as a tracking device the SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio installed on the Target Vehicle” for ten days, and the company admitted to Forbes that it complied with the order.

How did SiriusXM achieve this? The company simply turned on the stolen vehicle recovery feature of its Connected Vehicle Services technology on the target vehicle, Toyota 4-Runner. It’s like Apple turning on the Find My iPhone feature to track a customer’s location, the court documents [PDF] says.

Continues here: http://thehackernews.com/2017/01/cartapping-connected-cars.html

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Police Now Taught To Use Smart Appliances And Gadgets In Crime Investigations

By Claire Bernish

Original here: http://thefreethoughtproject.com/appliances-crimes-police-spying/

Thanks to what’s known as the Internet of Things — the growing number of ‘smart’ devices and appliances connected to the Web and to each other — will be used by police to solve violent crimes.Your fridge, law enforcement says, might help solve a murder.

However beneficial that sounds, it indicates a number of circumstances to send chills down the spines of privacy rights advocates — or anyone who doesn’t find the idea of, say, a washing machine spying on their every move.

“Wireless cameras within a device, such as fridge, may record the movement of owners and suspects,” Metropolitan Police head of the digital, cyber and communications forensics unit, Mark Stokes told The Times.

Doorbells that connect directly to apps on a user’s phone can show who has rung the door and the owner or others may then remotely, if they choose, to give controlled access to the premises while away from the property.

All these leave a log and a trace of activity. The crime scene of tomorrow is going to be the internet of things.

Stokes explained detectives are already being trained to hunt for such devices at crime scenes in order to map both victims’ and suspects’ digital footprints. So many appliances and personal devices are now linked to the Internet under the premise of convenience, Stokes’ assessment isn’t an exaggeration.

Indeed, many privacy advocates and domestic surveillance critics — like whistleblower Edward Snowden — have long warned the consumer culture’s lust for convenience and saving time would usurp more rational goal of keeping the government’s prying eyes out of our homes.

Continues here: http://thefreethoughtproject.com/appliances-crimes-police-spying/

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“Cell Phone Radiation is Microwave Radiation” – Music Video

Inspired by WHO: “Cell phone use can increase possible cancer risk” 
by Danielle Dellorto, May 31, 2011 
http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/05/31/who.cell.phones/

Video supplied by the people at Pesky La Pew. With thanks.

For more information, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUbt9BAHxYU&feature=youtu.be

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Florida Public Service Commission [FPSC] Betrays FPL Ratepayers Yet Again, Approves FPL’s Unjustified Rate Hike!

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[COMMENT: In the case of Gov. Rick Scott, being “pro-business” means giving EVERYTHING to big businesses like FPL, and NOTHING to hardworking families, consumers, and retirees. The current FPSC entirely reflects this philosophy.

And of course, with this decision, there will be no relief for countless FPL customers being harmed by so-called “smart” meter radiation, or those principled people who refuse to pay FPL’s extortionate so-called “opt-out” fees.]

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FPL’s multi-year rate-increase request approved
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/consumer/fl-fpl-rate-increase-vote-20161129-story.html

Florida Power & Light’s residential customers will see their bills increase each year through 2019 following the state Public Service Commission’s approval Tuesday of a negotiated rate-hike settlement.

The first increase will take effect in January, when a typical 1,000-kWh residential user’s bill will jump about $7, from about $91.56 currently to $98.77. That bill would jump to $102.50 in January 2018 and then to $103.70 in June 2019 before declining to $102.97 in January 2020.

The five-member commission approved the rate increase unanimously without discussing objections by intervenors that did not sign onto the settlement, including the Sierra Club and AARP. The Sierra Club opposes further expansion of natural gas plants as harmful to the environment, while AARP argued the proposal guaranteed the utility’s shareholders an unusually high profit and called instead for a $300 million rate decrease for residential customers next year.

“Today’s decision demonstrates what observers of Florida utilities regulation have long believed — this system is simply not hearing the voices of residential consumers,” AARP Florida’s state director, Jeff Johnson, said in a statement released after the commission vote. “Even before this ruling, FPL stood to make $1.6 billion in profit over the next four years. Now FPL gets even more.”

Responding to AARP’s criticism of FPL’s profits as too high, utility spokeswoman Alys Daly said that FPL’s electric rates are currently 30 percent lower than the national average and will remain lower than its 2006 rates after the increases are fully phased in. “The average AARP member in Florida pays less than the average AARP member in the rest of the country,” Daly said.

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SEE ALSO:

STATEMENTS FROM SIERRA CLUB AND AARP…

SIERRA CLUB STATEMENT:

PSC APPROVES BIG RATE HIKE FOR UNNECESSARY GAS PLANTS
http://content.sierraclub.org/press-releases/2016/11/psc-approves-big-rate-hike-unnecessary-gas-plants
Lets FPL off the hook on conservation, renewables

AARP STATEMENT:

AARP Florida Disappointed In Public Service Commission’s Side Deal With Florida Power & Light
http://states.aarp.org/aarp-florida-disappointed-in-public-service-commissions-side-deal-florida-power-light/
Utility Monopoly Gets Unanimous OK From Government Panel for Unwarranted Rate Increase

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Captured Agency: How the FCC Is Dominated by the Industries It Presumably Regulates

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Captured agency: How the Federal Communications Commission is dominated by the industries it presumably regulates. By Norm Alster. Cambridge, MA:  Edmund J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University.  2015.

PDF: http://bit.ly/FCCcaptured  (free)
Kindle: http://amzn.to/1SQThCU ($0.99 — check out the book reviews)

FCC filing: http://bit.ly/FCCcapturedagency

Overview: This exposé provides insight into how the FCC became a victim of regulatory capture by industry and the implications of these corrupting influences for our health and safety, our privacy, and our wallets.

This book concludes with a series of recommendations by its author, Norm Alster, an investigative journalist, who has written for the New York TimesForbesBusiness Week, and Investor’s Business Daily.  He wrote this book while serving as a journalism fellow with the Investigative Journalism Project at Harvard University.

Excerpt: 

Perhaps the best example of how the FCC is tangled in a chain of corruption is the cell tower and antenna infrastructure that lies at the heart of the phenomenally successful wireless industry.

Personally, I don‘t believe that just because something can be done it should heedlessly be allowed. Murder, rape and Ponzi schemes are all doable but subject to prohibition and regulation. Government regulators have the responsibility to examine the consequences of new technologies and act to at least contain some of the worst. Beyond legislators and regulators, public outrage and the courts can also play a role but these can be muffled indefinitely by misinformation and bullying.

Download free .pdf here: 

capturedagency_alster

 

 

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Nerve Disrupting Frequencies Radiating from “Smart” Meters [Video]

Information & Perspective by Warren Woodward
Sedona, Arizona ~ October 8, 2016

Watch the video here:

(Also posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NTSejgsjTc)

Everyone knows that wireless “smart” meters communicate via microwaves. What was unknown until now is that additional frequencies are transmitted in the 2 to 50 kilohertz range. Numerous studies have shown repeatedly that those very same frequencies disrupt the human nervous system. Indeed, “nerve block” is the phrase used in the studies to describe what occurs.

The studies are not controversial. In others words, there are no studies that show otherwise. Nerve block induced by frequencies in the 2 to 50 kilohertz range is an established fact. The studies that show this nerve block are all from reputable sources including the epitome of “establishment” science when it comes to electricity, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

So the demonstration you will see in the video is groundbreaking, or more accurately, “smart” meter breaking.

Unless they cease, desist, and bring down the wireless “smart” grid at once, “smart” meter manufacturers and the utilities that use them are going to be facing massive liability and personal injury lawsuits because, unlike the microwave radiation that anti-“smart” meter advocates have been calling attention to for years, there is no scientific dispute regarding the biological effects of 2 to 50 kilohertz frequencies.

Additionally, state utility regulators and public health departments will need to actually do their jobs which always used to include protecting the public and promoting public health and safety.

Lastly, the U.S. Department of Energy will have to bring an immediate halt to the promotion and subsidization of the wireless “smart” grid.

Every day of delay will bring greater liability for the aforementioned corporations and agencies and the individuals involved. It’s one thing to act in ignorance, quite another not to act once knowledge is received.

To everyone reading, send this video to your utilities, your state utility regulators, your state health departments, and to hungry lawyers everywhere.

 

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City of Haifa [Israel] BANS Wifi In Schools

Original here: http://www.cellphonetaskforce.org/?p=1400

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The mayor of Haifa, Israel has ordered WiFi immediately disconnected in all schools and kindergartens in the city.

The mayor, Yona Yahav, said, ”The education system in Haifa is full of network computers and new, advanced technological systems. However, if there is doubt regarding anything that relates to our children, there is no doubt. We must take precautions. As long as the argument on real danger was not refuted, I have ordered all the devices in kindergartens schools disconnected. In order not to prevent advanced technology from the children, we will act to activate a safe wired system. In recent years, the internet media has become part of our daily lives. The use of cell phones, smart phones and computers is gaining momentum among a wide range of ages, but children are an especially sensitive population to environmental effects, among them exposure to electromagnetic non-ionizing radiation.”

Yahav is working with the head of the city’s education system, Ilana Truck, to gradually install a wired system throughout the city’s schools. These will be installed first in classrooms where pupils study for their final exams that require the use of computers, so they won’t be harmed by the disconnect. The teachers in elementary schools in the city have taken on themselves the task of loading their study material from the internet every evening so that pupils are not exposed to radiation and their studies won’t be interrupted.

Please see also:

April 2016 – Breakthrough in Israel – Haifa Bans Wifi in Schools
https://iervn.com/2016/05/07/breakthrough-in-israel-haifa-bans-wifi-in-schools/

Israel Wi-Fi Breakthroughs: TV Documentary, School Ban
http://www.odwyerpr.com/story/public/6811/2016-05-02/israeli-tv-program-blasting-wi-fi-translated-transcript-provided.html

Tachover Tells FCC Radiation Sickness Is “Epidemic”
http://www.odwyerpr.com/story/public/7637/2016-09-29/tachover-tells-fcc-radiation-sickness-is-epidemic.html

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FCC needs input regarding allocation of spectrum for 5G

Original here: http://www.saferemr.com/2016/08/fcc-needs-input-regarding-allocation-of.html

5GThe FCC needs your input regarding allocation of spectrum for 5G. The deadline is September 30, 2016.
Submit your comments regarding allocation of additional frequencies within the 5G spectrum that the FCC is going to vote on including 24-70 GHz as well as higher spectrum: 71-76 GHz, 81-86 GHz and 95 GHz.

For more information about these proceedings: http://bit.ly/FCC16-89A1.

If you follow the instructions below, you can comment on five different dockets at once. You may want to comment specifically on the ways they want to use 5G technology such as: “machine-to-machine communications, healthcare devices, autonomous driving cars, and home and office automation.”

Follow These Instructions to Make Comments:

1. Click on this link   http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs2/.

2. Click on “Submit a Filing” Tab at the top of the page.

3. Click on “Express a Comment” (on top of the page) to just make a comment or “Standard Filing” to attach documents (one of which can be your comment).

4. You can make one comment for all five docket numbers at once. Simply type in or Copy and Paste each of these Docket numbers one at a time into the “Proceedings” Field and make sure they are accurately displayed in the window:

14-177

15-256

RM-11664

10-112

97-95

5. Fill out all required fields and click “Enter” or “Return” before you go to the next field. There is a check box to request an email confirmation.

6. Once all fields are filled out – click continue screen.

7. Review and submit.

8. Write down your confirmation # so you can check on your submission.

I submitted the following express comment today:

In light of your upcoming votes on allocation of additional spectrum for 5G, I want to draw your attention to the International EMF Scientist Appeal (https://EMFscientist.org) which calls for stronger regulatory standards on radio frequency (RF) emissions.

The Appeal has been signed by 221 scientists from 41 nations. All of these scientists have published peer-reviewed research on electromagnetic fields and biology or health.

The FCC’s RF guidelines were adopted 20 years ago. Many scientists and health professionals believe these guidelines do not protect the population from non-thermal health risks due to RF radiation exposure. To ensure public health and safety, the FCC should commission an independent review of the biologic and health research to determine stringent RF standards before allowing additional spectrum to be used for new commercial applications.

I also wish to remind you that the FCC has yet to act on NOI #13-84, “Reassessment of Federal Communications Commission Radiofrequency Exposure Limits and Policies,” issued in 2013 and a similar NOI issued a decade earlier. The 2013 NOI has received more than 900 submissions–almost all call for stronger regulation of RF radiation. Links to key submissions can be found on the Electromagnetic Radiation Safety website at http://www.saferemr.com/2014/08/part-i-why-we-need-stronger-cell-phone.html.

Finally, the General Accountability Office issued a report entitled, “Exposure and Testing Requirements for Mobile Phones Should Be Reassessed” (GAO-12-771: Published: Jul 24, 2012. http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-12-771). The report made the following recommendations which have yet to be addressed by the FCC:

“FCC should formally reassess and, if appropriate, change its current RF energy exposure limit and mobile phone testing requirements related to likely usage configurations, particularly when phones are held against the body. FCC noted that a draft document currently under consideration by FCC has the potential to address GAO’s recommendations.”

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Offline is the New Luxury

Original here: http://stopsmartmeters.org/2016/08/24/offline-is-the-new-luxury/

This documentary, Offline is the New Luxury, is well worth a watch. Although it does not address the issue of RF health impacts specifically, it does flirt with the issue a number of times. Adopting the EHS terminology of “white zone” it documents how those areas without internet access are quickly vanishing from the face of the planet, driven by companies like Google and Facebook, and their quest for new markets.

Truly terrifying when you layer the  carcinogenicity and toxicity of RF on top of the existing social consequences of our tech addiction.

Technology can be a good thing, but let’s keep it wired, and within reason. Unfortunately the tech behemoths have other ideas in mind for our future.

So get out there and defend a white zone today! Not so sure about reporting it through an iPhone app though…

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Tom Wheeler Dodges Tough Questions at FCC Hearing

Originally posted here: http://stopsmartmeters.org/2016/07/18/tom-wheeler-dodges-tough-questions-at-fcc-hearing/

Also, see here for a journalist account of security intimidation at the FCC meeting, after he requested to see a t-shirt carried by an attendee with a wireless safety message on it. The repression and intimidation of the press and of the public by agencies which we fund and ostensibly serve us– is not acceptable.

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