Believers of 5g conspiracy theories have apparently been buying a $350 anti 5G device usb key that not surprisingly appears to just be a regular usb stick with only 128mb of storage.
As noted by the bbc today, the “5gbioshield” usb stick “was recommended by a member of glastonbury town council’s 5g advisory committee, which has called for an inquiry into 5g.” the company that sells 5gbioshield claims it “is the result of the most advanced technology currently available for balancing and prevention of the devastating effects caused by non-natural electric waves, particularly (but not limited to) 5g, for all biological life forms.”
The product’s website charges £283 for a single 5gbioshield, which converts to nearly $350. That’s what it costs to get “protection for your home and family, thanks to the wearable holographic nano-layer catalyser, which can be worn or placed near to a smartphone or any other electrical, radiation or emf emitting device.”
“the 5gbioshield makes it possible, thanks to a uniquely applied process of quantum nano-layer technology, to balance the imbalanced electric oscillations arising from all electric fog induced by all anti 5G device such as: laptops, cordless phones, wlan, tablets, etc.,” the company says, adding that the usb stick “brings balance into the field at the atomic and cellular level restoring balanced effects to all harmful (ionized and non-ionized) radiation.”
The usb stick apparently doesn’t need to be plugged in to anything to work its magic. “it is always on and working that’s why we used quantum nano-layer technology,” the company says in an faq.
But the anti 5G device allegedly produces a ider field of protection when it is plugged in. To answer the question of whether the stick needs to be “charged regularly,” the faq says, “no the input charge only expands the field effect from 4m radius to 20m + radius when plugged into an usb wall charger or a computer.”
Fortunately, you can use 5gbioshield without disabling your wi-fi. The usb key doesn’t block wi-fi signals, the company says. Instead, the product “transmutes” the signals and “harmonizes all harmful frequencies into life affirming frequencies.”
Teardown confirms: it’s just a usb stick
But what does the 5gbioshield actually consist of? The bbc pointed to a recent teardown by security company pen test partners, which found that the anti 5G device is just a usb stick with 128mb of storage. The company wrote:
When plugged in to our test machine we may have missed the bubble of “quantum holographic catalyzer technology” appearing.
The stick comes loaded with a 25 page pdf version of the material from 5gbioshield’s website. It included a q&a of distances for the “bubble” and how to know if it is working. It’s an “always on” system apparently, is always working, powered or not, so no visual checks needed.
A review of the stick’s properties revealed nothing more than what you’d expect from a regular 128mb usb key. We weren’t even sure that 128s are still in production!
Ultimately, “the 5g bioshield is nothing more than a £5 usb key with a sticker on it,” the people at pen test wrote. “whether or not the sticker provides £300 worth of quantum holographic catalyzer technology we’ll leave you to decide.”
Pen test partners said that “trading standards bodies should investigate this product,” and that is apparently now happening. “london trading standards has since told the bbc it has launched a probe,” the bbc article said.
Here’s a look at images from the 5gbioshield website and the teardown performed by pen test partners
Company says research too sensitive to disclose
How will the company defend itself? Bioshield distribution director anna grochowalska told the bbc, “we are in possession of a great deal of technical information, with plenty of back-up historical research,” and “we are not authorized to fully disclose all this sensitive information to third parties, for obvious reasons.”
Grochowalska also disputed the analysis that the usb stick is worth just £5:
“in regard to the costs analysis your research has produced, i believe that the lack of in-depth information will not drive you to the exact computation of our expenses and production costs, including the cost of ip [intellectual property rights], and so on,” she said.
“it is therefore hard to take your evaluation seriously, since you have evidently not researched the background facts in any meaningful way.”
One person who does take 5gbioshield claims seriously is toby hall, one of the members of the glastonbury town council’s 5g advisory committee. Hall told the bbc that he “felt a ‘calmer’ feel to the home” when using 5gbioshield. Hall said “he had no regrets about buying it and since plugging it in had felt beneficial effects, including being able to sleep through the night and having more dreams,” the bbc wrote.
Hall also “thought the company might be able to develop a system that could offer protection to the whole town of glastonbury against the effects of radiation from electromagnetic fields,” according to the bbc.
Anti-5g conspiracy theories recently expanded to include claims that the cellular technology spreads coronavirus, leading to loons burning cell towers. As ars science editor john timmer explained in a previous story, “radiofrequency radiation is relatively low energy, and it can’t break chemical bonds. Like the nearby microwave frequencies, it can heat tissues. But we’re not aware of any mechanisms beyond heating by which radiation at these wavelengths can damage human tissue. And… There’s no evidence at the population level that indicates that radiation from these sources poses any sort of risk.”
5gbioshield “normalized my energy”
The 5gbioshield website contains a list of testimonials from people who allegedly exist and are using the product to cure all sorts of health problems. “thank you soo much !!! After just three days of the bioshield in my house, my brain fog and fatigue are gone, and i feel like i have 100% more energy,” a testimonial from “edward” said.
“i don’t know if it is a placebo effect or not, but i have a growing feeling of well being that comes directly from my instinctual survival drive deep in my belly center,” jim wrote.
Although the product maker says the anti 5G deviceworks without being plugged in, some of its users seem to think otherwise. “one minute and a half after i plugged it [in], i felt something wrong disappeared in the air,” daniela wrote.
Chris, who called 5gbioshield an “incredible product,” is quoted as saying, “i noticed my field reaching coherence and eliminating the frantic energy. Most importantly it has enabled me to access a higher vibration and help the pineal gland. I am more intentional, and in touch with others on a non verbal level. Where i live there is wifi and 4-g everywhere, and your bio shield is making it bearable. All of you who have developed this have done an incalculable service to humanity.”
Someone identified only as “dr d” claims to be a medical doctor and said they “put one usb anti 5G device under my pillow, expecting nothing to happen.” but later, dr d reported feeling “a strange ‘tingling’ feeling… I suspect the usb device has in some way normalized my energy to be as it should, and not negative or harmful.”
5gbioshield can also help dogs sleep in later, apparently. Cathy, who reports having “severe electro sensitivity,” plugged the usb stick into her laptop before going to bed and said, “the next morning the dog i was looking after only woke when i appeared at 10am, instead of between 6 and 7, and he was still sleepy. This has never happened in the 7 years i’ve known him.”
Cathy herself was profoundly affected by the 5gbioshield, saying that the product restructured reality itself. “the first night just before going to sleep i felt an increasingly deep sense of relaxation as if i was sinking down into something,” cathy wrote. “as this went deeper i experienced the understanding that reality was being restructured at a very deep level.”
This news was originally posted on arstechnica.com