Gullible 5G conspiracy theorists purchase $350(£339) “5GBioShield” USB stick that costs just $6

Ever wondered how cunning folks siphon off cash from crazy conspiracy theorists? Here you have it...

There have been various 5G myths spreading across not just the UK as reported in a previous article, and in many other countries like Ireland, Cyprus and Belgium, claiming that 5G is responsible for the coronavirus, and the locals have damaged 5G masts across these regions. Facebook has tried to curb the spread, but most never really took heed, and continued damaging 5G masts across the UK. So a company behind the 5G BioShield USB stick decided to make a fortune out of it, and it paid off really well.

5G BioShield’s “claims”

Glastonbury town council’s 5G advisory committee actually recommends it

Toby Hall, who is one of the nine external members of the Town Council’s 5G Advisory Committee, actually bought into the lies, and recommends the device saying “we use this device and find it helpful.”

The company BioShield Distribution Ltd claims the device is legit

Bioshield has stated that the device…

“provides 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”. EMF literally means “Electro Magnetic Force” and is a set of radio waves that are both man made and natural. The planet’s magnetic field uses EMF. EMF is also produced by the radio stations and can be found in your electric socket too, in minute quantities. The site also states that “Through a process of quantum oscillation, the 5GBioShield USB key balances and re-harmonises the disturbing frequencies arising from the electric fog induced by devices, such as laptops, cordless phones, wi-fi [and] tablets”
“The 5GBioShield USB Key restores the coherence of the geometry of the atoms, which allows a perfect induction for life forces, by (re-) creating a cardiac coherence, via plasmic support and interactivity.”

But the BBC reported that they opened the USB stick, and found that the guts contained an LED light housed in a circuit board and is literally present on any USB stick that is used as a flash drive.

“A review of the stick’s properties revealed nothing more that what you’d expect from a regular 128MB USB key,” Pen Test Partners states on its blog. “Usually with USB devices, one can look at the properties and it will list the manufacturer and extra information about the device. However, we found that all the default values remained. This is often an indication of cheap, unbranded devices.”

Pic credit: Pen Test Partners
Pic credit: Pen Test Partners
Pic credit: Pen Test Partners

Pen Test Partners estimates its value at just a mere £5(approx $6).

While the BioShield doesn’t exactly protect you from anything, it does well to milk out the conspiracy theorists to the maximum. This should have been going on for a while, but unfortunately, London’s cyber-security experts “Trading Standards” has cracked down on the “anti-5G stick”. Stephen Knight, who is the operations director for London Trading Standards, explained to the BBC  that it considers the device, a £283 (approximately $349) USB stick called the 5GBioShield, “a scam.” Trading Standards which is responsible for protecting consumers and businesses in London, is working with the city’s police department to obtain a court order to take down the website of the company that sells the USB stick.

And there it goes… Oh well, it was great while it lasted.

Kiran Fernandes

Kiran is your friendly neighbourhood tech enthusiast who's passionate about all kinds of tech, goes crazy over 4G and 5G networks, and has recently sparked an interest in sci-fi and cosmology.

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