£1.5bn in net ‘sting’ Millions of households across the UK are being ripped off overpaying for broadband to the tune of £1.5billion : Sun.

PEOPLE are too afraid or lazy to shop around when their contracts expire.

AROUND 15 million Brit households on old contracts are overpaying for their broadband by £100 a year, it emerged yesterday.

Customers who fail to shop around once their contract expires, usually after 12 or 18 months, are collectively stung for £1.5billion, according to comparison site Uswitch.

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Brits are overpaying for their broadband

It found out-of-contract prices for customers using copper wires have increased by 38 per cent since 2011.

For fibre broadband customers they have jumped 19 per cent,

By contrast, in-contract prices have hardly changed at all over that time.

People are afraid to negotiate their broadband contract in case they might have to have internet down time

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People are afraid to negotiate their broadband contract in case they might have to have internet down time

The comparison site said it estimated around 15.5 million households had not switched in the last three years.

This is due to a combination of simply forgetting, underestimating out-of-contract charges, confusion or a fear of broadband downtime.

Such customers were therefore paying the unnecessarily high prices.

Rental costs have also gone up sharply since 2011, with both Sky and BT putting up prices recently.

Read More : The Sun.

Smart Dust – The Future of Involuntary Treatment of the Public : Daily Sheeple.

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by Pedro Aquila

Smart dust is a name given to extremely small computing particles, RFID chips, or other very small technologies.

A popular article from Extreme Tech describes it in the headline: Smart dust: A complete computer that’s smaller than a grain of sand.” An article from War is Boring is titled Future Military Sensors Could Be Tiny Specks of ‘Smart Dust’ New technologies allow for extremely small—and ubiquitous—military sensors.” A paper from University of California, San Diego describes smart dust:

“The term “smart dust” originally referred to miniature wireless semiconductor devices made using fabrication techniques derived from the microelectronics industry. These devices incorporate sensing, computing and communications in a centimetre-sized package.”

It is promoted as an eventuality, that smart dust will cover streets and buildings to identify people, that people will have smart dust in their bodies, and other things in mainstream television and media. They paint a utopian, blissful picture of it.

However, the history of entities involved in creating smart dust show a different perspective. The same entities who create destructive technology (drones, surveillance technology, technology for warfare) are involved with its creation: military industrial complex players, from the RAND Corporation to Hitachi, to DARPA and their collaborators in academia.

As with all technology, the people who wield it determine whether it’s used for the benefit of, or against the common people.

The earliest mentions of “smart dust” come from the RAND CorporationAccording to Wikipedia:

“The concepts for Smart Dust emerged from a workshop at RAND in 1992 and a series of DARPA ISAT studies in the mid-1990s due to the potential military applications of the technology.  The work was strongly influenced by work at UCLA and the University of Michigan during that period.”

The Rand Corporation has been involved in morally reprehensible warfare, think tank activity and strategy in particular, for several decades. They were involved in nuclear war strategy, disrespecting the lives of everyone on the planet in scenarios where nuclear bombs would be detonated to retaliate against Russia at the expense of all life on Earth.

Such apocalyptic scenarios are explored in many RAND publications, and in 2016, they examined possibilities of war with China. RAND has published several papers about spraying the skies, involuntarily treating whole populations with chemicals to geoengineer the weather. One is titled Governing Geoengineering Research: A Political and Technical Vulnerability Analysis of Potential Near-Term Options.”

With the recent announcement that the US government is looking into geoengineering research, it looks like an overt, involuntary treatment of the American people with geoengineering material is coming soon. They act as if they aren’t already spraying us.

RAND is likely to be involved with complex science used for control over populations, as implied in a publication of theirs. It reads,

“Beyond the agricultural and industrial revolutions of the past, a global technology revolution is currently changing the world. This book discusses the broad, multidisciplinary, and synergistic trends in this revolution, including genomics, cloning, biomedical engineering, smart materials, agile manufacturing, nanofabricated computation devices, and integrated microsystems.”

A central, historical player in Japan’s military industrial complex, Hitachi developed some of the smallest smart dust particles ever disclosed to the public, a full 15 years ago with the announcement of the 0.4mm x 0.4mm external antenna µ-Chip. As far back as 2001, “smart dust” was this small. It is depicted in this popular meme still circulating on social media.

Considering how far back the technology goes, how small is the smallest “smart dust” today? Could it be small enough to perform functions inside the human body, or be involuntarily sprayed on us without us realizing it? 

Considering what we don’t know about the inner workings of DARPA, the institutes of technology so influential to modern warfare, and other historically dangerous institutions, what technology similar to smart dust could they be pioneering or even experimenting on us with?

Understanding the history of recent human experimentation is necessary to understand the probability of involuntary treatment with smart dust.

A paper from the University of California, San Diego is titled Smart dust: self-assembling, self-orienting photonic crystals of porous Si.” It is about micrometer-sized one-dimensional photonic crystals of porous Si that spontaneously assemble, orient, and sense their local environment.”

A June 2016 Singularity Hub article is titled Smart Dust Is Coming: New Camera Is the Size of a Grain of Salt.” The article reads:

“In a new University of Stuttgart paper published in Nature Photonics, scientists describe tiny 3D printed lenses and show how they can take super sharp images. Each lens is 120 millionths of a meter in diameter—roughly the size of a grain of table salt—and because they’re 3D printed in one piece, complexity is no barrier. Any lens configuration that can be designed on a computer can be printed and used.”

“The lenses—which included single, double, and triple optical elements—were printed on strands of optical fiber and standard digital sensors like those used in cameras. The researchers believe future applications include less invasive endoscopic medical imaging of the body—even injection into the brain—and nearly invisible camera sensors on miniature drones or robots.

“This will lead to a plethora of novel devices with tremendous impact on biotechnology, medical engineering, and safety/security monitoring,” they wrote.”

Injecting smart dust into a person’s brain for endoscopic medical imaging is “less” invasive?

Using bacteria encapsulated in electrospun nanofibers to treat water and enrich soil for crops is being discussed as well, in powerful academic institutions such as Israel Institute of Technology. Geoengineering researchers suspect that the tiny, metallic looking particles found after chemtrail spraying may be a form of smart dust.

People theorize that smart dust may be sprayed on us, and that a similar technology may even be forcefully administered to take control of the human body. Some question whether GWEN towers could be used in conjunction with smart dust-type-technology.

While it’s not completely proven that people are being involuntarily treated with smart dust, if we want to anticipate the future and avoid a dystopian nightmare, we’d be wise to examine all the possibilities, because in the world today, technology that was heralded as revolutionary and life saving is often the complete opposite.

Once the general public is coaxed into accepting something as life-saving, from that point forward, people who criticize the science are ostracized. This is not science as in, the scientific method of critically testing the effects of something and searching for evidence, but it’s dogma about technology.

Vaccines are a perfect example. Once people became normalized to them, and people who questioned them were denigrated as conspiracy theorists, a threshold was crossed which makes it difficult to reach anyone with alternative info about them.

Powerful institutions and their mad scientists are trying to cross this “threshold of normalization” with geoengineering as we speak, and they will try with smart dust.

While people who observe the chemtrail spraying in the skies, have seen rain tests full of aluminum, and have seen the geoengineering patents for spraying aluminum, have been cast aside as conspiracy theorists for saying spraying is occurring, the mainstream media and mad science institutions are now openly calling for spraying the skies to “combat climate change.”

One day, the government could declare “we will now spray,” and those who say your health could be damaged by their geoengineering spray might be called crazy in a future where people are normalized to it. Those who insist other chemicals and things are being sprayed on us under the guise of overt geoengineering could be called paranoid, once the “threshold of normalization” is reached with the public.

To remain in control over what technology is administered to us, because governments are pushing harder every day to make vaccines mandatory, breathing in particles sprayed in the sky, and other health damaging things, we have to not allow public opinion to reach that threshold of willfully accepting involuntary treatment.

With the passing of California’s SB277, children attending school are now required to get a long list of vaccines. According to SB277.org:

“SB 277 eliminates a parent’s right to exempt their children from one, some, or all vaccines, a risk-laden medical procedure including death. In 2016, California parents will be forced to give their children more than 40 doses of 10 federally recommended vaccines. This open-ended vaccine mandate allows the State of California to add any additional vaccines they deem necessary at anytime. The only exemption available is a medical exemption that doctors deny to 99.99 percent of children under federal guidelines.”

A technology that can be as dangerous as smart dust, geoengineering, etc, will certainly be used against public interests by the deep state and military industrial complex. Especially so while the American public is so sedated by the mainstream narratives regarding independent investigations into the workings of the ruling elite.

Link : Daily Sheeple.

UK Parliament suddenly remembers it wants to bone up cyber security *cough* Russia *cough* : The Register.

Well, they did say it was a priority in 2010.

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The UK parliament launched an inquiry into cyber-security on Tuesday.

The investigation by MPs and peers follows weeks after the UK government committed to spending £1.9bn between 2016 and 2021 as part of an update to the UK’s National Cyber Security Strategy.

Protecting critical national infrastructure organisations (utilities, transport, banking etc) has been recognised as a priority by successive UK governments since the 2010 defence review, if not earlier. Government commitment to the issue was underlined by the launch of the National Cyber Security Centre, which will co-ordinate response to security threats and develop best practice guidelines.

Contentious allegations that state-sponsored Russian hackers were behind a hack on the US Democratic Party during last year’s US presidential election has added another dimension to an already pressing problem of how to defend the UK against hacking attacks. The Parliamentary Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy is running the inquiry. Its findings are likely to be influential but not binding on ministers, if historical precedent is any guide.

The chair of the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy, Margaret Beckett MP, commented: “Attention has recently focused on the potential exploitation of the cyber domain by other states and associated actors for political purposes, but this is just one source of threat that the Government must address through its recently launched five-year strategy.”

The Committee is inviting written submissions that address various elements of government cyber-security strategy, including overall objectives, working with the private sector and bridging the skills gap, among other topics. The development of “offensive cyber capabilities and the norms governing their use” are also on the agenda for discussion. Sessions where invited speakers are quizzed are likely to follow on from the written submissions but there’s no timetable on that – much less when a final report will be published – as yet. ®

Link : The Register.

France blocks 24,000 cyber attacks amid fears that Russia may try to influence French presidential election : Telegraph.

Both Marine Le Pen and her French presidential rival Francois Fillon want closer ties with Russia

Both Marine Le Pen and her French presidential rival Francois Fillon want closer ties with Russia Credit: Sergei Fadeichev 

France is to beef up cyber-security amid growing fears that Russian hackers could try to influence its upcoming presidential election following claims that Moscow orchestrated US computer attacks to help Donald Trump.

Jean-Yves Le Drian, the defence minister, said French intelligence agencies were trying “to learn lessons for the future” from the allegations by their US counterparts.

Mr Trump has dismissed the accusations and renewed calls for close ties with Russia.

Mr Le Drian said that if the Russians had meddled in the US election, it amounted to an attack on western democracy. France and its political parties are “no less vulnerable,” he stressed.

He said the risk became apparent when hackers took the French television channel TV5 Monde off air in 2015. French investigators suggested that the Kremlin was behind the cyber-attack.

Mr Fillon, seen here with his Welsh wife Penelope, wants closer cooperation with Russia over Syria 
Mr Fillon, seen here with his Welsh wife Penelope, wants closer cooperation with Russia over Syria  Credit: Rex

Relations between Paris and Moscow soured over Russia’s 2014 annexation of the Crimea, still legally part of Ukraine, and its role in the Syrian conflict. François Hollande, the outgoing Socialist president, cancelled the sale of warships to Russia and played a key role in imposing sanctions on Moscow.

Russia has a clear stake in the French election, to be held in a two-round vote in April and May. The favourite, centre-Right candidate François Fillon, wants to build a new relationship with Moscow and an alliance over Syria. Marine Le Pen, the far-Right candidate, also wants closer ties with Russia.

France faces a surge in cyber-attacks and its telecommunications, power, water, transport and media networks are at risk, Mr Le Drian said.

In response, the French army is doubling its force of trained “cyber-warriors”, to number 2,600 by 2019, supported by an additional 600 computer experts.

Read More : The Telegraph.

Russian hacking: The facts minus the bias : i NEWS.

Russian President Vladimir Putin. Russia denies all suggestions of hacking (Photo: Getty)

Russian President Vladimir Putin. Russia denies all suggestions of hacking (Photo: Getty)

Barack Obama says we’ve seen “data theft and disclosure activities… directed by the highest levels of Russian government”.
Donald Trump says it is a “witch hunt”. He says the Democrats have shown “gross negligence” by allowing their servers to be hacked. Russia had said the hacking claims are “nothing but nonsense”.

Russian hacking has dominated American news since the election. There are the facts of the case, and then there are political assumptions and accusations.
Much of the feverish coverage has been hard to navigate, with partisan bias and exaggeration leading a lot of bulletins.

Here’s how the controversy has evolved so far. What we know definitely happened

John Podesta, the chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 election campaign, had his email account accessed without his knowledge in March. The contents of his emails were passed to Wikileaks, which published them before the election.
He was not hacked using high-tech cyberespionage techniques, however. Thanks to the later publication of the emails, we know exactly what happened: he was phished.

He received an email with a dubious link in it asking him to enter his password.

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Sceptical, Podesta forwarded the email to an aide who contacted IT. It saw that the threat was real and urged Podesta to change his password and switch to a two-step system, where Google texts the user an additional login code on top of the password.

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IT even sent a helpful link to the relevant Google page. However, he made the dire mistake of saying the original email (which was from hackers) was “legitimate”, instead of saying the threat was legitimate. When the aide passed on the message to Podesta, the legitimate Google link was absent.

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Podesta evidently clicked the (malicious) link in the original email instead of the (real) one in the email from his aide.

What happened next..

Read more : i NEWS.

1 MILLION: The number of elderly people who may be victims of email scams : Express.

EMAIL scammers could have duped more than one million older people in the UK, a report has warned.

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Email scammers could have duped more than one million older people in the UK, a report has warned.
Almost three quarters (73 per cent) of over-45s with internet access said they had been targeted by an email scam and of these, 6 per cent said they had fallen for the trap, according to a survey by insurance provider Aviva.

Older users are most at risk with 8per cent of the over-75s targeted saying they were a victim, the Real Retirement report found.

Around a quarter (24 per cent) of the age group said technology had made them feel vulnerable.

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Around a quarter of over-75s said technology had made them feel vulnerable.

It is important we don’t forget the additional threats that exist in the digital age

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But most users said technology had changed their lives.

Three quarters (75 per cent) of over-45s said technology had made an overall positive impact and two thirds (66 per cent) said it had helped them with their day-to-day finances – the most common benefit reported.

The survey found more people had been contacted by scammers through email (73 per cent) than by phone (60 per cent).

Read More : Daily Express.

‘Don’t use your passport to prove your age in pubs and clubs’, Government tells young adults : Telegraph.

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Drunk revelers may be an easy target for ID theft Credit:  MBI / Alamy Stock Photo

Students and young people are being urged by the Government to leave their passports at home when socialising on nights out in a new drive to prevent identity fraud.

The Home Office is concerned that young adults taking official ID documents to bars and clubs are at risk of it being lost or stolen and potentially falling into the hands of thieves or terrorists.

As the number of young fraud victims rose by over 50pc last year the fear is that passports and driving licenses stolen from drunk revelers are now being used by criminals to open fraudulent bank accounts or to travel illegally in or out of the UK.

Yesterday the Passport Office launched a campaign to tackle the issue and wants students and and young people who use a passport for age verification to use alternative methods to prove their age.

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Passports are expensive to replace and can be very valuable to criminals  Credit: telegraph

It suggested people use PASS cards, the UK national proof of age accreditation scheme which issues a hologram photo identification card.

Immigration Minister, Robert Goodwill, said: “Young people face a higher risk of losing their passport as they often use it as a form of age verification. “A passport is a highly valuable document. If it gets lost or stolen, not only does it cost the holder money to replace it, but it can fall into the hands of criminals unless it is handed in and cancelled.

“We are working with a number of stakeholders including retailers, licensed premises, police, local authorities and students, to communicate that there are better ways to prove your age, such as the PASS card.”

However PASS cards, which are endorsed by the Home Office but provided by a private company, cost up to £15 to obtain and are currently only held by 300,000 people.

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PASS cards are a form of recognized age ID approved by the Home Office  Credit: PASS 

To raise awareness of the dangers of using passports for ID the Home Office is issuing posters, is writing to pubs and clubs, and is launching a social media drive in a bid to grab youngsters’ attention.

A spokesperson for Cifas, a fraud prevention service, said: “Identity fraud is one of the biggest growth areas of fraud in the UK, in particular young people are increasingly at risk with our members recording a 52pc rise in young identity fraud victims in 2015.

“Falling victim can be traumatic, it can take months before the fraudster’s actions are discovered, and in some cases just as long to sort out the mess left behind. Your passport holds personal information that to a fraudster is a goldmine so it’s important that young people keep this document safe as well as taking other simple steps to protect themselves, such as setting privacy settings on social media and only sharing personal information with people they trust.”

Link : The Telegraph.