Tag Archives: Cyber Threat

Hacking a Smart Meter and Killing the Grid

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions Nick Hunn of Creative Connectivity published an article this month entitled, “How to Hack a Smart Meter and Kill the Grid … And then all the lights went out.” [1] Hunn says his new article … Continue reading

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Security Risks and Technology Obsolescence Reduce Smart Meter Expected Lifetimes

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions, Updated October 15, 2018 Key Article Points: Meter manufacturers and most utility companies attempting to justify large-scale smart meter deployments claim useful life values in the range of 15 to 20 years. Those individuals and … Continue reading

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Future Hack Scenario: Disrupting a Country through Its Smart Meters

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions A new book by Charles Arthur on “Cyber Wars” reviews the most significant cyber attacks in recent years, discusses the lessons learned, and then concludes with an outline of what future hacks we can expect … Continue reading

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Smart Meter Cyber Attacks: “A Clear and Present Danger”

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions A new article has been published in the International Journal of Critical Infrastructure Protection entitled, “Security Analysis of an Advanced Metering Infrastructure.”  According to the article [1]: “Sophisticated cyber attacks on advanced metering infrastructures are … Continue reading

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Secure Your Family from Cyber Threats with an Analog Meter, Says Michigan State Senator

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions  The Michigan House Energy Policy Committee has been conducting hearings on legislation that would restore consumer protections regarding the type of meters that are installed upon their personal property by utility companies.  I provided coverage … Continue reading

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Expert Testimony on Smart Meters/Grid: “Retain analog systems to the extent possible.”

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions Cynthia Ayers is a national security threat analyst, currently working as an independent consultant within the Mission Control and Cyber Division of the Center for Strategic Leadership, U.S. Army War College.  She is also serving … Continue reading

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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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