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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 Should Do No Harm

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions I discovered a new article [1] written by Nick Hunn of WiFore Consulting Ltd. regarding the status of the smart meter program in the UK, dated August 1, 2016.  In May 2016, Mr. Hunn provided … Continue reading

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Smart Meter Remote Disconnect: An ‘Unnecessary Risk’ for Significant Damage to the Grid

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions I have written numerous articles over the past couple of years describing how smart meters make the electric grid inherently less safe from a cybersecurity perspective.  In fact, in one article I recently stated that: … Continue reading

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“A smarter grid could actually become a less safe grid,” from Discover Magazine

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions  The March 2016 issue of Discover magazine features an article, “Blackout of the Century,” with the online version being entitled, “Averting the Blackout of the Century.” [1] At this website I have posted numerous articles explaining … Continue reading

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Puppet Attack: Newly Discovered Cyber Threat for Smart Meters

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions A newly discovered cyber security threat for utility smart meters, called a “puppet attack,” is described in the January 2016 issue of the Journal of Network and Computer Applications.  The paper itself is entitled, “Puppet … Continue reading

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Investigation: US power grid and ‘smart’ meters vulnerable to hacks

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions The Associated Press National Investigative Team today published a comprehensive article detailing the vulnerabilities of the US power grid to hackers.  Here are selected excerpts from that article, “AP Investigation:  US power grid vulnerable to … 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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New Itron OpenWay Riva ‘Smart’ Meters Combine RF Mesh, PLC and Wi-Fi Communications and Poll Data Once per Second.

At the recent European Utility Week, Itron provided a demonstration of its new OpenWay Riva ‘smart’ meter. SkyVision Solutions has several concerns with this new ‘smart’ meter.  First, the Itron representative made mention that the new meter polls data once … Continue reading

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GAO: Hacking ‘smart’ meters can disrupt the electricity grid and FERC not monitoring compliance with ‘voluntary’ standards

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions On October 21, 2015, Gregory C. Wilshusen, U. S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), Director for Information Security Issues, presented Congressional testimony to the Subcommittees on Energy and Research and Technology, Committee on Science, Space, and … Continue reading

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Congressional Testimony: ‘Smart’ meters have a life of 5 to 7 years.

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions Introduction Testimony was provided last week (October 21, 2015) at a Congressional hearing regarding “cybersecurity for power systems.”  A surprising admission was provided by one of the expert witnesses that I will discuss here in … Continue reading

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Are you ready to buy a self-sacrificing Autonomous Vehicle (AV)?

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions  Your government and colluding corporations are moving full-speed ahead with promoting the development of Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) that would be enabled by vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications. Some of the hype surrounding this technology-inspired initiative … Continue reading

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