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  1. Shocking Facts to Make You Think Twice about the Cloud

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    Shocking Facts to Make You Think Twice about the Cloud

    By Sally Writes for ConspiracyTruths.co.uk

    Cloud technology is the most rapidly evolving sector within the IT industry and has been described at the biggest game changer the tech world has seen since the dawn of the millennium. Adoption rates are huge, with both individuals and corporations rushing to save their data to the cloud, and take advantage of the increased flexibility and security that it brings.

     

    Hold that thought a moment.

     

    Flexibility - for sure, you can access your files from anywhere, and can manage easily with a cheap and portable Chromebook or the like. Security - are you sure about that? Here are some real world anecdotes that might just make you think twice about entrusting your personal or business files to any old cloud provider without checking out their security processes first.

     

    Data security needs physical security too

    It is easy to assume that cloud security is all about firewalls and keeping out the hackers, those annoying spotty teenagers who are always infiltrating the US government, but remember, the cloud is not really an ephemeral storage facility up in the ether.

     

    All that data is stored somewhere, and that somewhere is typically a data centre that is trying to run a profitable business with minimal overheads.

    One such centre, that shall remain nameless but is among the biggest in the world, suffered a breach, and the CCTV and security protocols were reviewed. Here’s what they revealed: Two men breached the perimeter walls and breezed straight in. Minutes later, the security guard strolled past the point of entry and did not even notice there had been a break in.

    He was either half asleep, in on the job or simply didn’t care. When you get the added information that he was there on his own, working 12 hour night shifts, for the princely salary of £16,000 per year, you begin to see why any of those options sound highly plausible.

     

    Lock and key

    Many data centers run managed servers, cloud services and co-location suites from a single site. Typically, the sectors are separated by locked doors to keep everything secure. Yet in many cases, the padlock keeping everything safe has a default code that is the same for every unit unless somebody takes the trouble to change it.

     

    Understanding what is at stake

    The cloud is an amazing innovation and brings wonderful benefits. But until those managing the data centers fully understand the importance of cloud security, you need to be very careful about who is looking after your data and how.

    After all, if your local bank allowed anyone to wander in and out of the vaults with very few checks or balances, I think we would all have something to say.

       

     

  2. Court rules that mobile-phone usage caused cancer

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    For the first time the Court of Appeal of Brescia in Italy has recognised that excessive use of mobile phone can cause cancer.
    In a revolutionary judgement, the Court of Appeal of Brescia has recognised that physical harm is cause by the electromagnetic waves and the mobile phone.

    The cases concerned Innocente Marcolini, who was head finance of a very important company in Brescia and who in 2002 started getting excruciating pains in the part of his face where he uses the mobile phone. In effect Marcolini used the mobile phone for five hours a day negotiating and concluding contracts with the company’s clients. After being operated for the tumor, his face is now semi-paralysed, he has lost his sense of touch and half his tongue and has great problems with his left eye, as well as difficulties in chewing and in speaking. He now suffers from 80% disability, and has to undergo extensive therapy and physiotherapy.

    In his case, the Court of Appeal recognised that the cause of his condition was s the excessive use of mobile phones, and concluded that his use for business purposes constitutes injury on duty.

    Of course it was not easy for Marcolini to convince the industrial tribunal that the cause of his disability was the use of the mobile phone and he was lucky to find the support of a neurosurgeon from Brescia, Dr Giuseppe Grasso, and two neurologists, Angelo Gino Levis and Paolo Liberini. In effect, Marcolini lost his case before the industrial tribunal, but then won it on appeal. In this landmark judgement – not only for Italy but also for us and for many EU member states – the Court has for the first time recognised that there are electromagnetic waves caused by the use of mobile phones do cause harm.

    Although many countries like Malta are awaiting instructions from the World Health Organisation, there are other countries which argue that it is better safe than sorry, and which have legislated a lower rate of emission from these electromagnetic waves than that of 45 established by the WHO.

    The final results of an international study by WHO, intended to produce definitive evidence on whether cell phones cause cancer, could be released any day now. Nine years ago the World Health Organisation launched ‘interphone’ to determine whether brain tumors can be linked to electromagnetic radiation from cell phone. The researchers analysed cell phone use by 14,000 people in 13 countries. Half of the participants had brain tumors; half did not. Fieldwork for the study ended in 2006 but a final paper has yet to be published.


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  3. Internet Police - London Signs Warn Against Accessing 'Extremist' Material

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    In London Police signs have begun going up in internet cafes warning users that they could be reported to the police and face criminal charges if they access “extremist”, “offensive” or “inappropriate” material.

    “Downloading or accessing certain material could constitute a criminal offence” states the bright pink sign.

    Internet Police

    Just consider what this means.  My website itself in the eyes of any government or police figure would be classed as extremist, I am even classed as a terrorist for saying what actually goes on.  So watch out, I've got a keyboard and I'm not afraid to use it.

    This is just a total disregard for freedom, lets be honest, if your gonna look at porn in an internet cafe then you probably do need putting away, you just don't do that sort of thing in public, thats fair enough.  But what else is "offensive" "inappropriate" or "extremist"?

    Its been left wide open, this is to say that the Internet will be monitored and anyone viewing anything deemed unsuitable by the person monitoring it can be removed, have the usage rights taken away and even face criminal charges!  We're just walking down the path to total fascism, one step at a time.  Theres a long road behind us, and you can see where we've been heading for some time, but we need to get a real connection on reality and get out of this bubble we're all living in.

    I give it probably less that 3 years before websites like mine won't be 'legal'.  Hell, if I went into an internet cafe tomorrow to post a blog I could face criminal charges, so its not hard to see where we're heading.  They know how much the internet can potentially ruin their agenda by having free information at our hands, they want to shut it down, and they will. They are already developing a new internet and it will be used to replace this one when they come up with an excuse to abandon it.  I guarantee this will happen, and it won't be too far down the road.