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Medical Journal Warns iPhone 12 Can Turn Off Implantable Defibrillators, All “Smart” Devices Can Cause Accidental Arrhythmia

By B.N. Frank There have been warnings about serious vulnerability issues – including by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – associated with medical devices and implants that use Bluetooth, Internet of Things (IoT), and wireless technology (see 1, 2, 3, 4).  Additional warnings were recently issued in a medical journal. From Medical Xpress: In…

Another American Utility Receives Complaints about “Price Shock” Associated with “Smart” Meters

By B.N. Frank Utility “Smart” Meters – electric, gas, and water – are expensive and unnecessary.  In the U.S. they were federally mandated and proponents promised that these meters would reduce customer bills and save energy. Research has determined that they DO NOT SAVE meaningful amounts of energy. Also, in many cases, customer rates have…

U.S. Mandated Utility “Smart” Meters at 57% Penetration – More Planned Despite Complaints, Problems, and Opposition

By B.N. Frank Utility “Smart” Meters – electric, gas, and water – aren’t necessary.  However, in the U.S. they were federally mandated.  Proponents promised that these meters would be beneficial to customers by lowering their bills.  Unfortunately, customer rates have usually been increased for their installation AND frequent replacement (see 1, 2, 3, 4).  Proponents…

CISA Warns about Cyber Vulnerabilities with Utility “Smart” Meters and Other IoT Devices

By B.N. Frank Utility “Smart” Meters (electric, gas, and water) have been plagued with problems – including serious security vulnerabilities – since they started being deployed. Last August, IBM warned about a security flaw in millions of Internet of Things (IoT) devices including “Smart” Meters and medical implants.  More scary reports about millions of IoT…

Recently Published Warnings Compilation about Utility “Smart” Meters from Health Experts

By B.N. Frank People worldwide DO NOT WANT utility “Smart” Meters – electric, gas, and water.  Customer bills are usually increased for their installation AND frequent replacement (see 1, 2, 3, 4).  Tens of millions have been installed and millions more are planned despite all the problems they cause  – fires, explosions, higher bills, malfunctioning…

New Jersey Bill Would Allow Utility Customers to Opt Out from Smart Meters, Undermine Federal Program

By Michael Maharrey A bill filed in the New Jersey Assembly would allow customers to opt out of installing “smart meter” technology on their homes and businesses. Passage of this bill would enable residents in these states to protect their own privacy, and it would take a step toward blocking a federal program in effect….

Global Semiconductor Shortage Sparks Fear Of Production Delays For Smart Devices 

Reuters reports a global chip shortage is developing. Manufactures of automobiles and electronic devices are “sounding the alarm” about the shortages, which has triggered production delays.  Industry insiders say the shortage has a couple of causes, including US sanctions on Huawei Technologies, plant fire in Japan, supply chain disruptions in Southeast Asia following coronavirus lockdowns,…

Proposed Label Would Describe Security and Privacy Features of Smart Devices, Similar to a Nutrition Label

By B.N. Frank For many years, privacy and security experts have been warning about cybersecurity risks with “Smart Home” technology.  There have been numerous reports about people being spied on and taunted by hackers (see 1, 2, 3, 4). Of course, manufacturers collect personal data too – often without users’ knowledge or consent.  Mozilla just…

“Smart Home” Tech in U.S. and Europe Succumbs to Google Outage

By B.N. Frank Privacy and security experts have been warning about cybersecurity risks with “Smart Home” technology for many years. There have been countless reports about people being spied on and taunted by hackers (see 1, 2, 3, 4). Of course, manufacturers collect personal data too – often without users’ knowledge or consent. Mozilla just…

Apple Co-founder’s New Venture Includes Problematic and Privacy Invasive Smart Meters Which Never Saved Meaningful Amounts of Energy

By B.N. Frank People worldwide DO NOT WANT utility “Smart” Meters – electric, gas, and water. Tens of millions have been installed and millions more are planned despite all the problems they cause – fires, explosions, higher bills, malfunctioning and broken appliances, cybersecurity risks (see 1, 2), and more. These meters DO NOT save meaningful…

Creepiest Tech Guide of 2020 – Activity Trackers, Wireless Headphones, Smart Speakers, OMG!

By B.N. Frank For many years experts have warned about privacy AND cybersecurity risks associated with “Smart” (see 1, 2, 3), wireless, and Internet of Things (IoT) devices and technology (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). Thanks to Mozilla for publishing their 2020 guide to help you determine which products are too invasive for…

Laser Hacking from Afar: Vehicles, Smart Home Tech, Medical Devices, Industrial and Space Systems

By B.N. Frank There seems to be no shortage of bizarre and terrifying reports about “smart” and wireless devices – including utility “Smart” Meters and medical devices – being vulnerable to cyberattacks (see 1, 2). At least one video has been posted online that demonstrates how to break into a smart home with a laser….

Smart Doorbells Other than Amazon Ring Cameras Have Serious Privacy and Security Risks

By B.N. Frank Apparently it’s not just Amazon Ring cameras that are vulnerable to hackers (see 1, 2). From Threatpost: Matt Lewis, with NCC Group, talks to Threatpost about a slew of security and privacy issues found in smart doorbells that are being sold on Amazon and eBay. Researchers have found serious security and privacy…

“Dumb” Smart Meters “Fail to Serve Purpose” (Forbes UK) and Other Complaints

By B.N. Frank People worldwide DO NOT WANT utility “Smart” Meters – electric, gas, and water. Tens of millions have been installed and millions more are planned despite all their problems – fires, explosions, higher bills, serious cybersecurity risks (see 1, 2), and more. They DO NOT save meaningful amounts of energy, and customer bills…

Some State Legislators Don’t Like “Smart” Meters Either

By B.N. Frank American opposition to utility “Smart” Meters – electric, gas, and water (see 1, 2) – has been ongoing since utility companies first started installing them. Given all the problems now identified with them – fires, explosions, higher bills (see 1, 2), frequent replacement (see 1, 2, 3), serious cybersecurity risks (see 1, 2),…

Court Ruling Allows Utility Customers to Refuse “Smart” Meters

By B.N. Frank People worldwide DO NOT WANT “Smart” Meters – electric, gas, and water (see 1, 2). Tens of millions have been installed and millions more are planned despite all their problems – electrical issues, fires, explosions, measurement errors, serious cybersecurity risks (see 1, 2), and more. Unlike original analog meters, “Smart” Meters are 2-way…

Is This The End For Hedge Funds: Retail Investors Outperform “Smart Money” Ten-To-One

After a dismal decade for hedge funds, 2020 was the year that may have sealed the fate of the (former) masters of the universe who once upon a time collected 2 and 20 to hedge against crashes and to outperform the market but now merely collect tens of million in fees to come up creative…

QE Hope Sparks Big-Tech, Bitcoin, & Bullion Bid; But ‘Smart’ Money Is Dumping

If everything is so awesome in a new-but-same-as-the-old gridlock’d Washington (according to stocks), why is the smart money running out of the market? Source: Bloomberg We have seen this pattern before and it did not end well… Source: Bloomberg The bottom line for the last day or two is that Fed QE will be the…

Tourists Visiting Thailand Will Need To Wear A “Smart Band” Device For Contact Tracing

By John Vibes Tourists visiting Thailand will soon be tracked with a new “Smart Band” for COVID contact tracing, according to a recent report from The Pattaya News, a trusted news source in South East Asia. The measure was recently approved by Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-O’Cha, and the development is being overseen by Thailand’s Ministry…