Wi-Fi’s Infidelity – What’s That?

How many readers know what the term “Wi-Fi” is the contraction for? It’s tech speak for “Wireless Fidelity.” And, nothing is more of an oxymoron than Wi-Fi, which is extremely vulnerable to all sorts of attacks and hacking, all because of the porous network(s) it operates on no matter where you find it, plus its ‘sharing’ data collected capabilities. I’d be very wary about doing online banking while sipping coffee in some free-Wi-Fi café! Why doctors’ offices have Wi-Fi only proves how much they don’t know about health and wellbeing, in my opinion.

To put Wi-Fi into a proper perspective of sorts, let’s review what Wikipedia says about it:

Wi-Fi or WiFi is a technology for wireless local area networking with devices based on the IEEE 802.11 standards. 802.11 is the “radio frequency” needed to transmit Wi-Fi, it was defined by Vic Hayes who created the IEEE 802.11 committee.[1] Wi-Fi is a trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance, which restricts the use of the term Wi-Fi Certified to products that successfully complete interoperability certification testing.[2]

Devices that can use Wi-Fi technology include personal computers, video-game consoles, smartphones, digital cameras, tablet computers, digital audio players and modern printers. Wi-Fi compatible devices can connect to the Internet via a WLAN network and a wireless access point. Such an access point (or hotspot) has a range of about 20 meters (66 feet) indoors and a greater range outdoors. Hotspot coverage can be as small as a single room with walls that block radio waves, or as large as many square kilometres achieved by using multiple overlapping access points.

Depiction of a device sending information wirelessly to another device, both connected to the local network, in order to print a document Wi-Fi most commonly uses the 2.4 gigahertz (12 cm) UHF and 5 gigahertz (6 cm) SHF ISM radio bands. Having no physical connections, it is more vulnerable to attack than wired connections, such as Ethernet.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wi-Fi

The last sentence above is imperative regarding various implications in the varied uses now implementing Wi-Fi: “Having no physical connections, it is more vulnerable to attack than wired connections, such as Ethernet.” Stop and process that for a minute! Note the gigahertz at which Wi-Fi operates.

Contrary to what customers/consumers are told about AMI Smart Meters (AMI SMs) for electric, natural gas and water utilities, AMI SMs are built with ZigBee radio transmitters [1-2-3]—a critical monitoring and control mechanism installed—which operate on networks using Wi-Fi and microwave technology, especially the HAN (Home Area Network) [5] in each house!

Therefore, the information the ZigBee collects and transmits back to ‘big brother utility company’ can—and most likely will—be hacked into by would-be thieves, robbers, and identity-theft ‘experts’!

Plus, utility companies sell the data they collect for marketing research and purposes. Did you know that?

However, besides that most likely vulnerability, there’s a ‘snake in the woodpile’ lurking within plastic parts-fire-prone AMI SMs. It’s something few homeowners and technology-addicted consumers are cognizant of: When something happens with the wireless grid, no electrically-run appliance or smart gadget in your home will work! Everything ‘smart’, microwave technology run, or not hard wired is—or will be—interconnected to the “Internet of Things” (IoT) [4], the ultimate of surveillance technologies everyone will be plugged into and in the ‘privacy’ of their homes! Every word, movement and activity can and will be recorded and sent back to some big brother utility and/or government agency for monitoring. Even in your most intimate of situations due to the LAN networking of the ZigBees and AMI Smart Meters.

Recently, Nicole Bogart wrote an article about ‘smart home networks’,

Another problem with the Internet of Things: smart home devices don’t work when networks go down 02/03/2017-08:37SOURCE Smart home technology is pretty cool — until you’re left sitting in the dark because a network outage is preventing you from turning on your wireless light bulb. Hundreds of smart home consumers likely opened their eyes to a big problem with the Internet of Things Tuesday, when a massive outage struck Amazon’s S3 cloud storage service, disrupting service to popular websites, services and smart home networks. The issue sent social media into a tailspin as dozens of services – including blogging site Medium, question and answer site Quora and several work productivity services, such as Trello – went down for hours. Those with smart home products soon joined the thousands complaining about the outage, some of which laughed that they were sitting in the dark because their wireless light bulbs wouldn’t turn on.© 2017 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc., [CJF Emphasis added]

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However, the above inconvenience of nothing working really is ‘nothing’ compared with electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) consumers experience after being sensitized to EMFs/RFRs/ELFs emitted by various ‘smart’ devices they have become addicted to. The BBC reports in the first five minutes of the video below about a woman in the UK who explains and shares with the world what it’s like to have EHS.

High tech and smart devices consumers, especially those who are addicted to cell phones and wearing live cell phones on their bodies, really don’t understand what are the negative health ramifications of being exposed to microwave technology non-ionizing radiation and the non-thermal wave adverse health effects they can produce.

Wi-Fi in the workplace and in schools, especially children who are more vulnerable because of smaller body mass size [6] and brains not fully developed until around 20 years of age, must be reconfigured to HARD wired Wi-Fi for health and safety reasons.

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Where are OSHA, the Department of Labor and U.S. Health and Human Services? Are they in the microwave industry and its professional lobbying and associations’ back pockets?

However, issues with ZigBees and AMI SMs don’t stop with what was discussed above. Here’s something from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which ought to jolt readers in your tracks: Are homeowners entitled to and should expect privacy in our homes, especially regarding smart meter data gathered and transmitted on to various ‘big brothers’ homeowners neither have given permission to have access to nor even know they/we are being monitored, surveilled, tracked and reported about 24/7/365!

March 1, 2017 | By Karen Gullo and Jamie Williams

An Illinois Court Just Didn’t Get It: We Are Entitled to Expect Privacy In Our Smart Meter Data, Which Reveals What’s Going On Inside Our Homes 

“Cities across the country are switching to wireless smart meters. You may even have one in your home. Utility companies say the new technology helps consumers monitor their energy use and potentially save money. But smart meters also reveals intimate details about what’s going on inside the home. By collecting energy use data at high frequencies—typically every 5,15, or 30 minutes—smart meters know exactly how much electricity is being used, and when. Patterns in your smart meter data can reveal when you are home, when you are sleeping, when you take a shower, and even whether you cook dinner on the stove or in the microwave. These are all private details about what’s going on inside your home—details that should be clearly within the bounds of Fourth Amendment protection.  [CJF emphasis added]

“But a federal district court in Illinois has held—in a lawsuit alleging that smart meters installed in Naperville, Illinois, put the privacy of the city’s citizens at risk—that Americans can’t reasonably expect any privacy in the data collected by these devices. According to the court, smart meter data is completely beyond the protection of the Fourth Amendment.

“The case is currently on appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, which should throw out the district court’s sweeping, dangerous decision because it threatens the privacy of Americans across the country. Roughly 65 million smart meters have been installed in the United States in recent years, with 88% of them, over 57 million, in homes of American consumers. More than 40 percent of American households currently have a smart meter, and experts predict that number will reach about 80% by 2020. This case has far-reaching implications.

“The lower court’s decision was based on flawed assumptions about smart meter technology. The court was convinced that data collected from smart meters is no different from data collected from analog meters, in terms of what it reveals about what’s going on inside the home. But that’s simply not the case. Smart meters not only produce far more data than analog meters—those set at collecting data in 15-minute intervals produce 2,880 meter readings per month compared to just one monthly reading for analog meters—but the data is also far more intimate. A single monthly read of cumulative household energy use does not reveal how energy is being used throughout the course of a day. But smart meter data does. And its time granularity tells a story about what is going on inside the home for anyone who wishes to read it.

The case law is clear: details of the home are entitled to the utmost Fourth Amendment protection. And this should include smart meter data.

“EFF and Privacy International asked the Seventh Circuit if we could weigh in on this important case. We’ve requested to file a brief to help the court understand the broader impact of the lower court’s decision—and specifically, where the lower court went wrong. We hope the federal
appeals court accepts our brief and throws out the lower court’s dangerous and out-of-touch ruing.”

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/03/illinois-court-just-didnt-get-it-we-are-entitled-expect-privacy-our-smart


“We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years.”

“It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national autodetermination practiced in past centuries.”

David Rockefeller, 1991 Bilderberg Meeting, Baden, Germany

References:

[1] http://www.zigbee.org/zigbee-for-developers/applicationstandards/zigbeehomeautomation/

[2] http://www.zigbee.org/what-is-zigbee/utility-industry/

[3] http://telecoms.com/opinion/467631zigbee-and-the-smart-metering-phenomenon/

[4] http://www.pwc.com/us/en/industry/entertainment-media/publications/consumer-intelligence-series/smarthome.html?WT.mc_id=CT3-PL300-DM1-TR1-LS4-ND21-BPA1-CN_CIS.IoT-IoTCAMPAIGN&gclid=COrrr9nRutICFYWIswodk6sD7Q

[5] https://www.techopedia.com/definition/26043/home-area-network-han

[6] https://www.forbes.com/sites/robertszczerba/2015/01/13/study-suggests-wi-fi-exposure-more-dangerous-to-kids-than-previously-thought/#5ba87a631bd4


By Catherine J Frompovich
Source: Natural Blaze

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