Smart Meters Speed Hurricane Sandy Recovery

By Robert Vamosi | 11/1/12 4:40 AM

In the first major test of smart meter technology within the United States, at least one utility is reporting a faster recovery in the wake of this week's Hurricane Sandy.

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Smart Meter Hacking On Display At DefCon

By Robert Vamosi | 7/31/12 3:25 AM

One of the more heavily talked about topics in embedded device security is the increased use of smart meters on residential homes. These meters offer utility companies greater ability to monitor and manage the energy usage of their customers. It also opens us the possibility of tampering by those outside the utility company. While the meters are smarter, and promise the ability to be more eco-friendly, they also open up the possibility of malicious activity.

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EU Expert: Smart Meters Enable "Massive Surviellance"

By Robert Vamosi | 6/11/12 6:23 AM

A European Data Protection Supervisor wants limits on the retention and use of customer data from smart meters before it's too late.

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Billions Slated for Smart Grid Security

By JDavis | 6/29/10 9:26 AM

With the U.S.--and other nations around the globe--transitioning their electrical systems to networked, smart grid technology, a new report estimates that smart grid security is poised to become a multi-billion dollar industry. According to CNET News, the report--recently released by Pike Research--predicts that between now and 2015, North America will spend $1.5 billion--followed closely by Asia Pacific at $1.2 billion and Europe at $784 million--on smart grid security. Total global spending is expected to reach $21 billion over the next five years.

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Nice Work if You Can Get It: Security Retrofit for 800 Million Smart Meters?

By JDavis | 6/20/10 12:31 PM

CNET News has published a comprehensive report on the state of smart grid security. In it, they detail the growing concerns among security experts that smart meter technology is being rapidly expanded around the world without the built-in security considerations necessary to protect the utility infrastructure -- and the people connected to it -- from serious cyber-crime.

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Major Security Flaws Found in Smart Meters

By JDavis | 3/29/10 5:23 PM

We've previously discussed (here, here and here) the growing concern among security experts about the current state of Smart Grid cybersecurity. Given the ongoing, rapid rollout of network-connected utility technology around the country, more and more of these critical security issues are showing up all the time.

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Feds Putting the "Smart" Cart Before the Horse?

By JDavis | 11/3/09 6:32 AM

President Obama recently announced $3.4 billion in grants to certain municipal districts, utility companies, and manufacturers to further drive the nation's transition to a technologically advanced smart grid power structure. This grid would allow more efficient energy delivery and real-time usage monitoring.

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