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Smart Meter Deployments Result in a Cyber Attack Surface of “Unprecedented Scale”

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions  The Internet of Things (IoT) involves an Internet which will evolve from connecting just machines and people towards connecting “smart” objects and things.  The electric utility industry is currently developing an IoT-based smart grid (SG).  This … Continue reading

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Smart Meters: ‘Easy Targets’ for Hackers and ‘Malicious Network Traffic’ within the Electric Grid, Reveals Latest Research Study

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions Within the last few months, there have been Congressional testimonies by expert witnesses further revealing that utility ‘smart’ meters increase the vulnerability of our electric grid to cyber attacks.  These testimonies do not generally make … Continue reading

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From India: Smart Meter Cyber Attacks ‘Could Bring the Country Down to its Knees’

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions The installation of ‘smart’ meters under India’s National Smart Grid Mission could pose a serious threat to the country’s critical infrastructure, one of India’s leading experts in cyber security has said. According to Sachin Burman, … Continue reading

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Smart Meters ‘Wide Open’ to Cyber Attacks That Can Cause ‘Havoc’ Says Hacking Expert

Smart Grid Today conducted an interview last week with Cris Thomas, a strategist at Tenable Network Security and a founding member of the L0pht Hacker Collective.  L0pht was a hacker “think tank” active from 1992 to 2000, and Thomas (aka … Continue reading

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“The consequences of deploying bad stuff [smart meters] are dire.”

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions  This past week there was a meeting of BlackHat USA 2015 in Las Vegas, where InfoSec professionals met.  As part of a blog article written about this meeting, there was the following updated entry by … Continue reading

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Smart Cities: Wide Open to Cyber Attacks, Civilization Threatening Events and other Unintended Consequences

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions Key Point (Quotation): “The more technology a city uses, the more vulnerable to cyber attacks it is, so the smartest cities have the highest risks.” [1] Key Point (Quotation): “If the history of city building in the … Continue reading

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Concerns in Arizona over Smart Meter Hacking

Source:  CBS 5,  KPHO Broadcasting Corporation, Phoenix, AZ In the cyberworld we live in, we are constantly vulnerable.  Our bank accounts and computers can easily be hacked into, but what about our electricity meters? Many utility companies are replacing aging … Continue reading

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Smart Meters Are Not Secured

On February 13th, 2015, President Obama convened a summit on cybersecurity and consumer protection at Stanford University to respond to the rise in major data breaches at U.S. companies, including recent attacks on Anthem and Sony. In the lead-up to … Continue reading

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Cyber Hackers Can Now “Harm Human Life” Through Smart Meters

Utilities and the smart grid industry tout only the hypothetical benefits of smart meters, never seriously discussing the tremendous risks and costs to our society.  On the subject of cyber security, they hardly discuss it at all.  For example, the … Continue reading

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How to Attack a Smart Meter

SmartGridNews.com published an article today entitled, “How to attack a smart meter (Utilities: better find out before the criminals do).”  The SmartGridNews website is generally considered a propaganda mouthpiece for the smart grid industry, but lately, I am beginning to wonder.  … Continue reading

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When Smart Meters Get Hacked: The Nightmare Scenario

Nick Hunn [1]  is a wireless technology expert who is quite skeptical of the purported benefits of smart meters and the current level of smart grid system security.  He recently  wrote an article entitled, “When Smart Meters Get Hacked” (June 8, 2014).  What follows … Continue reading

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Recent Massive Cyber Attack Involved a “Smart” Fridge

It has finally started, cyber attacks involving smart appliances such as televisions and refrigerators.  Proofpoint, Inc. a leading security-as-a-service provider, has uncovered what may be the first proven Internet of Things (IoT)-based cyber attack involving conventional household “smart” appliances.  The … Continue reading

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