Sedona Smart Meter Awareness - Keeping Sedona Safe One Home & One Business at a Time
Hacking is as Serious
as Business Can Be . . .


I watched a Horizon programme on BBC TV  a week or two ago on computer hacking. It contained an interesting section on the Stuxnet virus, which was allegedly developed by the USA in collaboration with the Israelis to disrupt the Iranian nuclear programme. It can be introduced into the IT network by a USB stick or CD ROM running Windows, but then spreads to the industrial microprocessors running purpose-built software. In the Iranian case, it increased the speed of the centrifuges in their uranium enrichment plant so that they exploded.   Stuxnet is an extremely clever piece of computer code that may lie dormant in the control gear, perhaps for months, recording what the device was doing and then activated itself to disrupt that process and at the same time kid the process monitors that everything was still OK. The Iranians literally didn't know what had hit them.  

It transpires that the same virus can carry other payloads; e.g. to turn computer-controlled valves on and off without anyone knowing until it is too late. The worrying thing is that this virus is now out in the wild and can attack pretty much any computer-controlled equipment, which presumably includes wireless smart meters. According Symantec (best known for its Norton Antivirus product) this virus has now spread to many countries including European states and the USA. See   

Is this why British Gas has been instructed to remove all of its smart meters as soon as possible? If the virus could turn our gas and electricity supplies on and off at random (which should not be too difficult for an experienced hacker to arrange) it could cause widespread disruption and, in the case of gas meters, result in many explosions as flames became extinguished and then failed to reignite properly when the supply returned.  

This, in itself is a very good reason to oppose the installation of smart meters and, if it became widely known, could result in something approaching public panic. Interestingly, all Horizon programmes, including this, one have now been deleted from BBC iPlayer.

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'Smart' Meters: Boondoggle for Criminals

"The big risk is that a compromise could give you access to hundreds of thousands of homes all at once; I could see that as an attack someone could actually use to launch a crime spree."

After reading the article ABOVE, don't forget to also check out the links at the bottom about home invasions by attacking home networks.  Criminals don't need a key, they can open door to your home;  drink all your beer, steal your dog, your wife, your hard drive, whatever.

On a more serious note, the smart meter is supposed to connect to your HAN.

Virtually all smart meters being installed in the US come with a second built-in radio — the Home Area Network interface (HAN)— that can send information to one or more devices in the home. This is separate from the other radio in the meter that sends data back to the utility.

Bringing HAN to your computer or smartphone

Your home router could one day include both a wi-fi radio and a HAN radio. This would allow your smart meter to talk directly to your home computer or smartphone.

Then, if you also have a smart thermostat or smart appliances in home, your computer could control those appliances. Or, more likely, you could use your computer or smartphone to program your appliances to operate automatically based on your preferences for time of operation and, perhaps, power prices.  And so can hackers!

Belkin already makes a wi-fi + HAN router, and Cisco says it will make one.


UPDATE 1-Malicious virus shuttered U.S. power plant -DHS By Jim Finkle Jan 16 (Reuters) - A computer virus attacked a turbine control system at a U.S. power company last fall when a technician unknowingly inserted an infected USB computer drive into the network, keeping a plant off line for three weeks, according to a report posted on a U.S. government website. The Department of Homeland Security report did not identify the plant but said criminal software, which is used to conduct financial crimes such as identity theft, was behind the incident. It was introduced by an employee of a third-party contractor that does business with the utility, according to the agency.

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