Cautious use of smart phones is needed to avoid deadly candida auris infection

Cautious use of smart phones is needed to avoid deadly candida auris infection

by tonytran2015 (Melbourne, Australia).

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#smart phone, #ear phone, #head phone, #candida auris,

A threatening mean of transmitting a deadly infection

Most smart phones are now made in China. They come equipped with ear-phones. There is now a coincidental worldwide outbreak of deadly candida auris infecting patients’ ears.

Figure: Countries with Candida auris. (Source: https://www.cdc.gov/fungal/candida-auris/tracking-c-auris.html#world)

We can see that the most affected countries are also affluent ones with high rate of smart phone usage (except for Central and South America). Is this just a coincidence?

We should suspect that the fungus may had been spread by widespread usage of earphones (and many smart phone users do actually share their earphones).

The fungus would also spread if the production facilities in China were contaminated. However this is unlikely to be the cause of the current outbreak since CDC has found that those fungi causing the current outbreak do not originate from a single common source.

References

[1]. https://vlcrain17.wordpress.com/2019/04/06/candida-auris-its-time-to-worry/

[2]. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/06/health/candida-auris-facts.html

The rise of C. auris has been little publicized in part because it is so new. But also, outbreaks have at times been played down or kept confidential by hospitals, doctors, even governments. Some hospitals and medical professionals argue that because precautions are taken to prevent the spread, publicizing an outbreak would scare people unnecessarily.

[3]. https://www.cdc.gov/fungal/candida-auris/candida-auris-qanda.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Ffungal%2Fdiseases%2Fcandidiasis%2Fcandida-auris-qanda.html

[4]. https://somaticresearch.home.blog/2019/04/07/candida-auris-hoax/

[5]. https://pix11.com/2019/04/09/this-drug-resistant-fungus-is-spreading-scientists-warn-of-new-superbugs-to-come/

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Please sign and pay up to be spied on !

 

Please sign and pay up to be spied on.

by tonytran2015 (Melbourne, Australia).

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(Blog No. 180).

#spyware, #mobile phone, #smart phone, #computer, #camera, kitchen appliance,

Please sign and pay up to be spied on.

The irony is that you, as an individual, voluntarily agree to and pay to install and upgrade the devices that may spy on you even in your own home.

Your mobile phones, security cameras, modems can help someone to spy on you. Even your fridge can help someone to send emails to you [1, 2, 3].

Any spyware now is so clever that you have little chance of discovering it by yourself [4]. A spyware may hide undetected inside your own computer [5, 6]. Spyware problem is so widespread that people have to help each other (through social network) to remove them [7].

Widespread use of smart phones which are miniaturized computers even bring into existence some around the clock spyware. Any smart phone spyware may (or may not ?, to maintain deniability by manufacturers) be pre-installed in your smart phones by manufacturers [8, 9, 10, 11, 12].

You cannot say that the US military is paranoid when it bans all phone gears manufactured by (Chinese) Huawei and ZTE. [13, 14]. Even so the US government is still worried about being spied upon by China which manufactures a high proportion of US computing equipment and components [15, 16, 17, 18, 19].

Even your harmless looking USB should also be suspected. Every USB is a small computer that provides streams of data from its arrays of memories upon receiving some instructions from the USB port. What would happen if the memory content of the USB had some malware? or if that small computer on the USB had hidden in it some unknown, secret instructions for activating some malicious action? So USB drives may not be allowed in many US government departments and private organizations. [20, 21]

For any individual, he gets to remember that his privacy may be compromised by any of the smart devices he brought home !

References

]1]. These Devices May Be Spying On You (Even In Your Own Home), Joseph Steinberg Contributor, Jan 27, 2014,9:15 am, https://www.forbes.com/sites/josephsteinberg/2014/01/27/these-devices-may-be-spying-on-you-even-in-your-own-home/#2d865341b859

[2]. The NSA hides surveillance software in hard drives, Jon Fingas, 02.16.15,
https://www.engadget.com/2015/02/16/hard-drive-spyware/

[3]. Your hard drives were riddled with NSA spyware for years, Kaspersky: ‘Equation Group’ attacked ‘high value targets’, By Darren Pauli 17 Feb 2015 at 01:57, https://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/17/kaspersky_labs_equation_group/

[4]. There’s no way of knowing if the NSA’s spyware is on your hard drive, ‘Equation group’ spyware likely only targeted specific hard drives and SSDs, By Lucas Mearian, Senior Reporter, Computerworld Feb 18, 2015 6:00 AM PT,
https://www.computerworld.com/article/2885069/theres-no-way-of-knowing-if-the-nsas-spyware-is-on-your-hard-drive.html

[5]. Lenovo Caught (3rd Time) Pre-Installing Spyware on its Laptops, September 24, 2015Swati, https://thehackernews.com/2015/09/lenovo-laptop-virus.html

[6]. Lenovo Settles Over the Built-In Spyware Scandal-Lenovo Superfish,
Mike Sanders, September 6, 2017, https://www.eteknix.com/lenovo-settles-build-spyware-scandal/

[7]. How to remove the dangerous Superfish adware preinstalled on Lenovo PCs, By Brad Chacos Senior Editor, PCWorld Feb 20, 2015 4:37 PM PT, https://www.pcworld.com/article/2886278/how-to-remove-the-dangerous-superfish-adware-presintalled-on-lenovo-pcs.html

[8]. https://readwrite.com/2013/04/23/5-signs-android-smartphone-infected-malware/

[9]. https://androidforums.com/threads/malware-spyware-built-into-phone-help.1025125/

[10]. https://forums.androidcentral.com/ask-question/756137-what-common-data-service.html

[11]. https://forum.fairphone.com/t/pre-installed-apps-and-their-purpose/1884

[12]. https://android.stackexchange.com/questions/170487/what-is-common-data-service-app-in-the-preinstalled-app-list

[13]. Personnel on US military bases can no longer buy phones and other gear manufactured by Chinese firms Huawei and ZTE, after the Pentagon said the devices pose an “unacceptable” security risk.by AFP on May 05, 2018 Tweet, https://www.securityweek.com/us-military-bans-huawei-zte-phones

[14]. https://www.theverge.com/2018/8/13/17686310/huawei-zte-us-government-contractor-ban-trump

[15]. Chinese spy chips are found in hardware used by Apple, Amazon, Bloomberg says; Apple, AWS say no way, https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/04/chinese-spy-chips-are-said-to-be-found-in-hardware-used-by-apple-amazon-apple-denies-the-bloomberg-businessweek-report.html

[16]. China allegedly infiltrated US companies through implanted hardware backdoors,
Zeljka Zorz, Managing EditorOctober 4, 2018, https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2018/10/04/implanted-hardware-backdoors/

[17]. https://irishinfosecnews.wordpress.com/2018/10/04/china-allegedly-infiltrated-us-companies-through-implanted-hardware-backdoors/

[18]. Report: In Huge Hack, Chinese Manufacturer Sneaks Backdoors Onto Motherboards, https://www.darkreading.com/network-and-perimeter-security/report-in-huge-hack-chinese-manufacturer-sneaks-backdoors-onto-motherboards/d/d-id/1332977

[19]. https://irishinfosecnews.wordpress.com/2018/10/04/report-in-huge-hack-chinese-manufacturer-sneaks-backdoors-onto-motherboards/

[20]. https://www.cybereason.com/blog/five-reasons-why-ibm-banning-usb-drives-is-a-good-security-practice

[21]. https://gcn.com/articles/2010/02/23/dod-flash-drives.aspx

[22]. https://triggerreset.net/2018/10/25/samsung-will-delete-your-memory-so-your-favorite-shows-will-seem-new-again/

[23]. https://theoverspill.blog/2018/10/25/start-up-no-938-cook-calls-for-us-data-privacy-sidewalk-adviser-quits-will-5g-change-filmmaking-millennials-v-tablets-and-more/

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[24]. All backdoors from Israel folks – you don’t want to let any unknown spooks from ”the tribe” into your bedroom do you?, https://ukgovernmentwatch.wordpress.com/2018/12/11/127526/

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