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Smart Grids are "a dangerously dumb idea"
« on: October 02, 2010, 11:59:51 am »
Power Hackers
The national smart grid is shaping up to be dangerously insecure

By Melissa Hathaway October 5, 2010

Read article here:
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=power-hackers



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Customer data could also give hackers a way to bring down the grid. Smart meters injected with malware, for instance, could disrupt the grid just as networks of PC botnets—home computers hijacked by viruses—now disrupt the Internet. A network of drone smart meters could cause a swath of the grid to power down, throwing off the grid’s electrical load. The imbalance would send large flows of electricity back to generators, severely damaging them or even blowing them up.