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Friday, March 5, 2010

"Smart" electric meters: easy prey for terrorist hackers?

Don't be surprised if that turns out to be the case.

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Smart meters installed in homes and businesses allow utility companies to remotely communicate with the devices to read usage levels and control the delivery of services.

"Control the delivery of services?"

Just wait until they start cutting your power or remotely turning off "smart" appliances because they think you are using too much power.

You tagged it, Jon.

Utilities already know how much they are delivering -- they have always had real-time numbers at the neighborhood substation level.

For several decades Southern California Edison gave substantial discounts to residential customers for the ability to "moderate" the use of air conditioning during high load conditions: Cutting off the air conditioner for ten minutes or so an hour beats rolling blackouts and brownouts. But this new generation of metering is about not having to pay employees to read meters, or, to disconnect then for lack of payment.

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