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Automated meter reading systems make life easy for intruders October 20, 2012 by Nancy Owano report Automated meter reading systems make life easy for intruders Enlarge An aerial view of the neighborhood where the researchers performed their eavesdropping experiments. Each blue triangle or red star represents a group of four or ?ve meters mounted in a cluster on an exterior wall. Using an LNA and a 5 dBi omnidirectional antenna, they were able to monitor all meters in the neighborhood. Some sni?ed meters may be out of the scope of this view. Credit: Ishtiaq Rouf et al. (Phys.org)?Intruders of the break-in and snooping variety have their work cut out for them by just picking up wireless signals that are broadcast by utility meters, say researchers from the University of South Carolina at Columbia, IEEE and Rutgers. As with many other technological advances that bring new pathways for criminals, advances in meters have created concerns about intrusions. Millions of analogue meters to measure water, gas and electricity consumption have been replaced by automated meter reading (AMR) in the U.S. The newer method enables devices to broadcast readings by radio every 30 seconds for utility company employees to read as they walk or drive around with a receiver. Ads by Google Smart AMI/AMR Solutions - Smart metering solutions for municipalities and utilities - www.muellersystems.com Intruders can tune into the same information, however, according to Ishtiaq Rouf and his colleagues, authors of a paper that delivers a security analysis of AMR systems. More than 40 million meters in the United States have been equipped with AMR technology over the past years. The smart meters collect energy consumption data which could reveal sensitive personal information from homes, they said. Because energy usage often drops to near zero when a house is empty, the readings could be used to identify which owners are at work or traveling. Their work shows that currently deployed AMR systems are vulnerable to spoofing attacks and privacy breaches. The research was presented earlier this week at the 19th ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security, which ran from October 16 to 18 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The AMR meters that they studied make data publicly available over unsecured wireless transmissions. "They use a basic frequency hopping wireless communication protocol and show no evidence of attempting to ensure con?dentiality, integrity, and authenticity of the data," added the research team. They picked up transmissions from AMR meters operated by companies. They said that the communication protocol can be reverse-engineered with only a few days of e?ort. They made use of radio equipment and information available through online tutorials. They used software radio equipment publicly available for about $1,000 (GNU Radio with the Universal Software Radio Peripheral). "We were able to both eavesdrop on messages as well as spoof messages to falsify the reading captured by a commonly used 'walk-by' reader," they said. Through wireless monitoring, they harvested consumption data from 485 meters within a 300m radius region. As remedies, the authors suggested alternative schemes based on defensive jamming, which they said may be easier to deploy than upgrading meters themselves. Jamming could protect against the leakage of legacy devices and requires no modi?cation of the deployed meters. More information: Research paper: www.winlab.rutgers.edu/~gruteser/papers/fp023-roufPS.pdf
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Last week, the SFSS decreed ? out of the blue ? that all magazines designed for the innocuous Ruger 10/22 rifle which hold more than 10 rounds of .22 long rifle ammunition, are now ?prohibited devices?.
Unlike the little Ruger, this is no small thing. A conviction for the possession of a prohibited device carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison! That?s a pretty harsh sentence for anyone who, like thousands of CSSA members, has lawfully owned +10-round Ruger 10/22 magazines for over 30 years.
The RCMP?s rationale for this decree? The magazines for the 10/22 rifle also fit the Ruger .22 Charger pistol and, therefore, they must be banned. However, the CSSA believes the RCMP?s judgment is impaired because of the rationale used to justify its decision.
The RCMP claims that ?10/22 platform magazines are designed and/or manufactured for both rifles and handguns.? This claim is patently and verifiably false.
How can a magazine designed for the Ruger 10/22 rifle ? decades before Ruger's Charger pistol came into being in 2007 ? possibly be ?designed for handguns??
The RATIONAL answer is obvious. The magazine was NOT designed for handguns. However, rational doesn?t appear to be a common commodity at the SFSS, hence our request to the Prime Minister to begin drug testing there ? effective immediately.
When the RCMP decides with the stroke of its bureaucratic pen to arbitrarily turn hundreds of thousands of Canadians into criminals facing a potential 10 years in prison, we have to believe that the SFSS crew must be high on mind-altering substances or worse, simply crazy.
The following is transcribed directly from a recorded conversation with the RCMP Firearms Centre:
Question: Were .22 long rifle magazines originally designed for rifles?
Answer: No. A .22 long rifle calibre magazine designed for Ruger 10/22 platform rifles are also inherently designed for the handgun, for which magazines are prohibited.
The first thought that springs to mind is to question the use of the words 10/22 ?platform?. This is a set-up to go after other firearm magazines by declaring different firearms to be the same because they were based on a similar ?platform?. It seems that the SFSS lab techs never get tired of stoking the fires of animosity. By establishing this premise: ?although certain firearms are different, any commonality makes them the same,? it is guaranteed to lead to more prohibitions.
The insertion of the word ?inherently? is also problematic. Like being pregnant, a magazine either is or is not designed for a specific firearm. That a magazine fits into another firearm that it was never designed for ? as is the case with the Ruger Charger pistol (and the bolt-action Ruger 77/22 rifle, the SR-22 auto-loading rifle and the Ruger 96/22 lever action) ? is incidental and should not send someone to prison for 10 years.
Since the magazines were developed decades before the pistol was, it is very apparent that these other firearms were designed for the 10/22 magazine ? not the magazine being designed for these firearms.
The Charger pistol was built on the 10/22 rifle frame. If you took the stock and barrel off a Charger pistol, you could conceivably attach them to any Ruger 10/22 rifle.
Does that unlikely possibility magically transform all Ruger 10/22 rifles into pistols and change their classification from non-restricted to restricted?
Of course not. That would be absurd. Just as absurd is the RCMP?s whim to classify over ONE MILLION Ruger 10/22 magazines (imported over 30 plus years) with a capacity greater than 10 rounds as prohibited devices, thereby subjecting hundreds of thousands of Canadians to a potential 10-year prison sentence.
If the folks making that decision were in the grips of ?reefer madness?, we at the CSSA want to know. We hope a literal definition of ?sober? second thought might be applied to this decision. Hundreds of thousands of Canadians are being seriously wronged by the RCMP?s refusal to obey the same laws demanded of us law-abiding gun owners.
The law says magazines are adjudicated based upon the firearm for which they were designed.
The SFSS needs to quit torquing the law to suit their personal interpretations. The staff there is simply making fools of themselves.
Hang in there! We are currently examining several options with our sister organizations and members of the industry, and we will need your participation. An announcement of our actions will come within the next few days.
Meanwhile, write a letter (paper is best, but email works) expressing your outrage to the Prime Minister of Canada, The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau; to the Public Safety Minister, the Hon. Ralph Goodale; and, of course, to your own federal Member of Parliament.
You can find the contact information for MPs and Minsters here:
COMMENTARY ? IS BILL S-223 A
DANGEROUS "TROJAN HORSE?" TAKE ACTION NOW! write a letter agains S-223
She's baaaack. Just when you thought it was safe to go into the Senate of Canada, along comes Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette with the newest incarnation of her Draconian anti-gun bill, now called Bill S-223.
This is the latest of several legislative introductions the honourable Senator has made to inflict a wicked piece of garbage on Canadians.
The bill would change the "Restricted" category to "Circumscribed" (cutting off the flash hider of your AR-15?), prohibit all firearms except a VERY narrow range of hunting firearms and ?localize? the prohibition of resticted firearms. In other words, that's centralized lock up of some of your guns and destruction of the rest.
ALL SEMI-AUTOS OF ALL TYPES (except .22s) WOULD BE RESTRICTED/ PROHIBITED.
As well, no one would be allowed to move circumscribed (restricted/prohibited) guns except approved ?Transporters.? Of course, these would be made up of highly trained, untouchable and steely-eyed folks ? like Canada Post, but even better.
Guns would not be ?registered? but ?inscribed.? Says the good Senator: ?You can appreciate
that the terms ?registration? and ?registered? have been used so often that we
simply thought that using the term ?inscription? would eliminate some anxiety.
I think that using the term inscription does not evoke feelings of fear?"
Yes, it's true, she really does think you are that stupid.
Seemingly, she also thinks the media and the rest of Canadians are stupid enough to be fooled by this childish attempt at deceit.
The Senator also states: ?The firearm death rate in the United States, a country with very weak
gun control laws, was 10.3 per 100,000 population in 2011. That amounts to 32,163 deaths in one year, according to the National Vital Statistic Reports from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. That would be the number of deaths if 20 towers, like those of the World Trade Center, were to collapse every year in the United States. There were 2,977 victims on
September 11, 2001.?
Apparently she failed arithmetic too.
Twenty World Trade Center tragedies would total 59,540, not 32,163. She also quotes the U.S. example as proof that Canada is different because of our gun control while failing to recognize that as the numbers of U.S. firearms goes up, violent crime with firearms goes down. Apparently
the Senator's facts only go in one direction and her prowess in deciphering and analyzing social trends and dangers is only dwarfed by her considerable mathematics skills.
As the last pail of stupid gets thrown into the tub, all restricted/prohibited would be forbidden to transfer.
There's a lot more too. Some 76 pages of legalese gobbledygook to decipher, but we are on it!
The bill cannot receive second reading until the Liberals and the Conservatives speak to the bill. The Liberals are set to speak on April 19 and the Conservative are TBA, but we are watching this closely. Bill S-223 has had a HUGE amount of work put into its creation. It took a number of Department of Justice lawyers a few months of work to create this one and that is very concerning.
We will be listening to the Liberal's statement on the bill, anxious to hear if their promise to not create a gun registry meant that it was okay to create an ?inscription registry.? If this bill passes second reading, we go to war!
Stay tuned, polish your armour and sharpen your swords.
LOOKING FOR A REGIONAL COORDINATOR
The CSSA is looking for a Regional Coordinator. This is an full-time
entry-level clerical position.
Duties include providing communications and logistic support for
CSSA's field people and performing clerical duties as required.
The successful applicant must be able to work well with others in
a wide variety of situations, be adaptable to changing situations and have
excellent telephone/email manners.
Light (Microsoft) computer/Internet skills are necessary as is the
ability to multitask, organize and prioritize. Bilingualism is a huge asset as
is a Possession and Acquisition License.
Geographic location in and around Durham Region is preferred. If
you think you would like to be part of Team CSSA, please contact Heather
McConaghy at [email protected].
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CSSA 2016 Annual General Meeting Update
The 2016 Canadian Shooting Sports Annual General Meeting (AGM) is scheduled for May 14, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Quality Hotel & Conference Centre, Salon ABC in Oshawa, Ontario.
TThe following is information on the voting procedures and ballots.
Voting and Proxy Procedures ? To ensure that all members have an opportunity to vote at the AGM, we use the following proceedur s in relation to ballots and proxies. Your ballot/proxy will
be mailed to you or you may download it from our website: HERE.
You may send in your ballot by mail, fax or email. It also asks whether you will assign your proxy to the Chair of the meeting (usually the President) or to someone else who will be in
attendance. It also gives you the option of instructing your proxy to vote in a
specific manner if you wish.
Important Note ? All ballot/proxy forms must be received at the CSSA office by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, May 9, 2016 to be valid. No proxies will be accepted after that date (including
at the AGM meeting). These may be mailed into the office. Faxes and scans of
the original document will also be accepted.
An other excuse to suck more money while doing absolutely nothing useful!
Assembly of First Nations says community needs its own long-gun registry
Hearings into the province's proposed long-gun registry began Wednesday afternoon in Quebec City
The Canadian Press Posted: Mar 23, 2016 9:11 PM ET Last Updated: Mar 23, 2016 9:12 PM ET
Konrad Sioui, Grand Chief of Wendake, and Ghislain Picard, chief of the Assembly of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador, testified during the first day of hearings into Quebec's long-gun registry bill.
Quebec fought the Tories all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada in order to receive the data related to Quebec long-gun owners but lost.
Meanwhile in a galaxy far, far away ?
West Virginia Lawmakers Override Veto: Permitless Carry ?Becomes Law In 90 Days?
On March 4, the West Virginia House voted to override Governor Earl Ray Tomblin?s (D) veto of permitless carry legislation and on Saturday, March 5, the West Virginia Senate followed suit.
Meanwhile in a galaxy far, far away part II
Iowa Becomes 42nd State to Legalize Firearm Suppressors ( How times have changed - When I was a kid in France, a 100 years ago, it seems, if you bought a 22 , it was not only legal, but recommended, that you buy a silencer so you would not disturb the neighbours while practicing in your basement - Absolutely true ! And 22 handguns were available without any sort of paper work !)
On March 31 Governor Terry Branstad (R) signed the Hearing Protection Act, making Iowa the 42nd state to legalize the sale and possession of suppressors for firearms.
Breitbart News previously reported that the Hearing Protection Act passed the Senate by a vote of 46-4 and passed the House by a vote of 78-21.
You will not read that in the Gloat and Wail? ! Where are the ?If it saves one life morons? when it REALLY saves some life?
Customer with concealed carry permit fatally shoots ax-wielding attacker at 7-Eleven
Published March 14, 2016
Police are the experts in these matters, Scott Bardsley, a spokesman for Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, said in an email Friday.
Who said gun control does not work?
Chicago?s Out-of-Control Gun Crime Already Up 84 Percent Over Last Year
by Warner Todd Huston
A High School Teacher was arrested today at Toronto's Pearson Airport as he attempted to board a flight while in possession of a Ruler, a Protractor, a Compass, a Slide-Rule and a Calculator.??
At a Press Conference, Premier Kathleen Wynne said she believes the man is a member of the notorious extremist Al-Gebra movement.
??She did not identify the man, who has been charged by the OPP with carrying Weapons of Maths Instruction. ?
?'Al-Gebra is a problem for us', the Premier said. 'They derive solutions by means and extremes, and sometimes go off on tangents in search of absolute values.' They use secret code names like "X" and "Y" and refer to themselves as "unknowns"; but we have determined that they belong to a common denominator of the axis of medieval with coordinates in every Country. As the Greek philosopher Isosceles used to say, "There are Three Sides to every Triangle." ?
?When asked to comment on the arrest, Prime Minister Trudeau said, "If God had wanted us to have better Weapons of Maths Instruction, He would have given us more fingers and toes." ?
?Fellow Liberal colleagues told Reporters they could not recall a more intelligent or profound statement by any Prime Minister.
Justin Trudeau has said he wants more gun control - he wants hand guns and assault weapons off our streets though I?m not aware of this being an out of control problem.
The gun crime problem we do have in this country is primarily with criminals and gangs shooting up neighborhoods. They also happen to be the kind of people who don?t and won?t register their guns.
Yes, there are more restricted handguns in Canada yet gun crimes have been going down.
Bill Blair (former Chief of Toronto Police and now a Liberal MP) said when the long gun registry was abolished, there would be ?blood in the streets?. Except, there wasn?t.
Sadly, hard facts aren?t going to be what drives this policy decision but rather, worldview. This is all about taking guns out of the hands of law abiding citizens because, well, the government doesn?t trust the average citizen.
Elections have consequences and the result of the last election is that this new government thinks you shouldn?t have guns and it seems clear that soon they?ll be acting on enforcing that soon.
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