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  • Smart-grid hackers could cause blackouts

    03/22/2009 5:53:34 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies · 805+ views
    cnet ^ | March 21, 2009 12:03 PM PDT | Zoë Slocum
    Deployments of smart grids should be slowed until security vulnerabilities are addressed, according to some cybersecurity experts, citing tests showing that a hacker can cause a major blackout after breaking into a smart-grid system. The idea behind smart grids, a burgeoning energy sector in which even Google is playing a role, is that automated meters and two-way power consumption data can be used to improve the efficiency and reliability of an electrical system's power distribution. A washing machine in a household hooked up to a smart meter, for instance, could be set up to run only at lower-cost, off-peak hours,...