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Security researchers find security holes in smart meters

Posted on Saturday, April 03 2010 @ 21:26:05 CEST by

CNET reports a security company has discovered a number of potential vulnerabilities in two-way smart meters, which could enable hackers to remotely turn someone's power on or off.
The results were that smart meters, which create a network link between customers and utilities, have a number of potential vulnerabilities that could lead to scenarios such as a criminal remotely turning someone's power on or off, according to the AP report.

The communications standard used by smart meters, in particular, was an area that was a cause for concern, said Joshua Wright, a senior security analyst with InGuardians. If criminals are able to tap into the network, they could potentially doctor another person's bills or even stage bigger attacks on the grid, according to the report.



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