“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.”