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http://sciencemode.com/2009/03/30/university-of-minnesota-expert-on-smart-grids-and-smart-grid-security-speaks-on-capitol-hill-today/

“University of Minnesota expert on smart grids and smart grid security speaks on Capitol Hill today”
By ScienceMode on Mar 30th, 2009 in Headlines, SM

SNIPPET: “Massoud Amin, University of Minnesota professor of electrical and computer engineering, will speak to members of the U.S. Congressional Research and Development Caucus during a briefing on the U.S. power grid and energy in the nation’s capitol today, Thursday, March 26.

The briefing, “Modernizing the Electric Grid: A ‘Smart’ Way to Use Energy,” will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. today in H-137 Capitol Building. National officials turn to Amin for insight on power grid and energy issues because of his vast experience. Amin is an internationally known expert on power grids, smart grids, smart grid security, critical infrastructure and critical infrastructure security. He pioneered research on smart grids, coined the term “self-healing grid,” and led the development of 24 technologies transferred to industry.”


10 posted on 03/31/2009 3:09:04 AM PDT by Cindy
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http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,511648,00.html

“Electrical ‘Smart Grid’ Not Yet Smart Enough to Block Hackers”
Monday, March 30, 2009
By James Osborne

SNIPPET: “A smart meter, like this one, which would help regulate smart grids pose a risk by would-be hackers, say security experts.”

SNIPPET: “Obama’s economic stimulus package allocates $4.5 billion to modernize the nation’s electricity system and put smart-grid technology on the fast track.

But creating a two-way line of communication between homes and the grid — however “smart” it may be — has its risks, experts say.

“With smart grid, anybody with an eBay account and $80 can go and buy a smart meter, reverse-engineer it and figure out how to attack the grid,” said Josh Pennell, president and CEO of IOActive, a technology research firm in Seattle, who testified before the Department of Homeland Security last week.”


11 posted on 03/31/2009 3:11:44 AM PDT by Cindy
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