Future Threat: Black hat erasatz hack attack hits homes on smart-grid
The ersatz attack was presented to the audience at the Black Hat security conference last Thursday and underlines the need for the important pieces underpinning our future "smart" grid to be securely built. The exploit used in this case took advantage of security weaknesses in a smart meter from an unhappy, un-named company. When first confronted with news of their products failings they were somewhat chagrined to learn their device had been purchased on eBay to be examined and exploited by the security expert. If the anonymous concern wants future Department of Energy (DOE) money, they had better get their act together. The government agency has announced that it may withhold funding from smart meter stimulus projects if security concerns aren't addressed. Good thing, too, because having an internet-vunerable grid is just asking for trouble from antagonistic countries as well as bored teenagers.
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