2018-12-06 – Cyber threats targeting homes

1)   Concerns about cybersecurity increase as more and more wireless devices in homes are connected to the IoT via ZigBee chips. Few people realize that the smeters on our homes provide the avenue for this data to be sent out to the utilities, marketing companies, etc. and are also the easiest way for an intruder to “enter” the home. They also are the easiest way for hackers to get into the electrical grid.  

Cyber crooks increasingly targeting home devices: report 

“Cyber criminals are shifting their attention from traditional computers to internet-connected devices in Canadian homes, says the government’s cyber security agency.

In its threat assessment for 2018, the newly created Canadian Centre for Cyber Security says devices connected to the internet — such as a growing number of “televisions, home appliances, thermostats and cars” — have become attractive targets.

“Manufacturers have rushed to connect more types of devices to the internet, often prioritizing ease of use over security,” the centre wrote in its report, made public Thursday.”


2)  Below in Letters is a request from OpenMedia for input about issues that they should consider in 2019.  Please consider responding, asking them to address the EMR issuewhether wifi in schools, smeters on homes, 5G – others or all of these.

You can complete their “survey” at: https://openmedia.org/en/supporter-survey-2018?src=163036

or write to them directly at the email address provided.

If you write directly, please cc me so that I can share with others. Send to:  dsnoble@shaw.ca

3) In case you miss the article about the US politicians asking for documentation to support the statement by the FCC that 5G is safe, here is more about it.  Please consider forwarding the letter below to your MLA and MP, asking them to ask Health Canada the same questions.  Health Canada is in denial about the NTP and Ramazzini studies, not acknowledging them or their significance on their website or in their communications with the public. 

Senator Demands Proof That 5G Is Safe. So Does The National Institute For Science, Law & Public Policy

“Senator Blumenthal said we “are interested in acquainting ourselves with the latest studies evaluating the health effects of high-band frequencies and modulations that would be used in 5G networks.” He noted “Most of our current regulations regarding radiofrequency safety were adopted in 1996 and have not yet been updated for next generation equipment and devices.” He also mentioned the large U.S. government funded study by the National Toxicology Program, published this year, using earlier generation technologies (2G and 3G), showed a link between radiofrequency radiation and cancer.”


U.S. Senator Blumenthal’s and Rep. Eshoo’s letter to Commissioner of FCC re. 5G:


4)  The battle of the smeter opt-out fees continues in Oregon.  If the $36 is allowed, BC Hydro’s opt-out fees will no longer be the highest!!

Oregon Sues Josephine County Over Smart Meter Ordinance 

“Josephine County this fall passed an ordinance prohibiting Pacific Corp from charging customers higher rates for opting out of its smart meters program. The digital meters use wireless networks to send information to the company.  

Pacific Corp — through its Oregon-based subsidiary Pacific Power — is charging customers an extra $36 a month for opting out. That’s because without the wireless network turned on, the company has to pay someone to read their meters.  

Some people are wary of the meters because they use WiFi. Specifically, they’re concerned about the electromagnetic waves they emit.”  



From: Laura at OpenMedia <contact@openmedia.org>

Subject: We need your input!

Date: December 6, 2018 at 8:54:38 AM PST

Reply-To: contact@openmedia.org

What do YOU think OpenMedia should work on next year? When it comes to fighting censorship, out of control surveillance and sky-high cell phone bills, our best ideas come from our incredible community members, like you. OpenMedia is based on shared values of collaborative decision-making, openness, and community-driven positive change. This December, we want to hear about what matters to you to help inform our work in the upcoming year.

So far in 2018 you have:

  • Helped strike down Bell’s dangerous website blocking proposal.1
  • Fought to protect Net Neutrality in Canada.2
  • Held the government accountable for failing to protect our digital rights in NAFTA.3
  • Demanded politicians hold themselves to the same privacy standards as everyone else.4
  • Helped shape the future of Canada’s Copyright laws.5

Now that we are looking at what’s next, we’d like to know: What do you care most about to help guide our work going forward?


(Our short survey will take less than 5 min of your time)

At almost half a million-strong, your OpenMedia community has carved itself a voice in Canada’s digital landscape, and we need your help to guide the direction of our future work.

Your feedback will help dictate where to put our resources and energy in 2019. We want to make sure our work reflects your concerns and vision for the open Internet, so please take a moment to provide special input into our work — it will take less than 5 minutes of your time to help chart the course of Internet freedom in Canada.

To sweeten the deal, this year our friends at Private Internet Access kindly offered to give free VPN trials as a thank you for taking the time to fill out the survey. We really value your input, so don’t miss this chance!

For a more connected future,

Laura, on behalf of the entire team at OpenMedia


[1] Huge win for Canadians as CRTC rejects Bell’s website blocking proposal: OpenMedia
[2] Save Net Neutrality in Canada: OpenMedia
[3] NAFTA and the OpenMedia community: The story so far: OpenMedia
[4] Privacy laws should apply to political parties: OpenMedia
[5] Let’s Talk Copyright: OpenMedia

Sharon Noble

Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters


“All truth passes through three stages. First it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”     – Arnold Schopenhauer  



Smart Meters, Cell Towers, Smart Phones, 5G and all things that radiate RF Radiation