Archive for the Security Category

Squirrels, Grid Security and a Stuffed Rudd

Probably the most effective way for any terrorist group or belligerent power to cripple a Western nation and bring it to its knees is to destroy its electricity grid.  Without power, most of the infrastructure will crumble into chaos within a few weeks.  Manufacturing would come to […]

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Intervention required to protect £11bn UK smart meter system from potential mass hack

The UK’s electronic intelligence agency has had to act with haste to secure smart meters destined for large scale roll-out, after a security loophole was discovered on the devices. GCHQ intervened to change the original designs and save the £11bn nationwide system of smart energy meters against […]

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‘Smart’ Water Meters Vulnerable To Attack

Of all critical infrastructure, the public water system might seem the least vulnerable to a cyber attack. But that might be changing, with the increasing adoption of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) that controls the water supply remotely, according to John McNabb, water expert and security researcher. In a  speech at […]

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Samsung smart fridge leaves Gmail logins open to attack

Failures in exploit discovery process are cold comfort for IoT fridge owners Security researchers have discovered a potential way to steal users’ Gmail credentials from a Samsung smart fridge. Pen Test Partners discovered the MiTM (man-in-the-middle) vulnerability that facilitated the exploit during an IoT hacking challenge at […]

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British Gas Forced to Change “Burglar’s Dream” Hive Smart Heating App

Hive heating app allows customers to control their thermostat remotely But data on when heating is on and off is transmitted without encryption Which? suggests that burglars could work out when householders are likely to be away from home British Gas has started encrypting the data in […]

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The Internet is on Fire – Mikko Hypponen, CRO of F-Secure – TEDx video + transcript

“Let me tell you a secret: when you hear that the machine is “smart”, what it actually means is that it’s exploitable.  “Smart” means “exploitable”.  “Smart TV” means an “exploitable TV”; “smart phone” means an “exploitable phone”, and so on.  That’s what it means.” ~ Mikko Hypponen, […]

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The Smart (Meter) Agenda – Mike Mitcham, AV5

In this presentation from the AV5 conference in May, Mike exposes the massive downsides of the so-called “Smart” Meter programme and sheds light on exactly why Big Energy/Utility cannot afford to tell you the facts about them. Uploaded with the kind permission of AV5’s organisers.  Book your […]

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Researchers reveal security vulnerabilities in ‘Smart’ Meters

At this year’s Black Hat, a global information security event hosted in Amsterdam, two researchers will share their findings, pointing to vulnerabilities of the smart meter enabling hackers to order a power blackout. Javier Vazquez Vidal and Alberto Garcia Illera have ‘reverse engineered’ smart meters, identifying glaring […]

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Two new reports highlight significant Smart Meter risks from EMP & RF/microwave radiation

via Take Back Your Power. Dr. Isaac Jamieson has authored two significant reports on risk awareness, both of which are directly related to liability created by so-named “smart” meters and “smart” grid technologies.  The abridged reports are linked below. The report “RF / Microwave Radiation Risk Awareness” […]

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How Smart Meters Invade Your Privacy: A Comprehensive Report

Last week, SkyVision Solutions released an updated report entitled, “A Perspective on How Smart Meters Invade Individual Privacy.” The original report was issued in March of this year and has now been updated with new information regarding investor owned utilities (IOUs) as well as addressing a White House […]

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Smart tech leaves us more open to hackers (Business World)

Last November, Felix Lindner came very close to shutting down the power supply of Ettlingen, a town of almost 40,000 people in the south of Germany. “We could have switched off everything: power, water, gas,” Lindner, head of Berlin-based Recurity Labs, an IT security company, said. Fortunately […]

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“Not-so-smart meters” – What Doctors Don’t Tell You magazine exposes Smart Meter threats

Our thanks go to What Doctors Don’t Tell You magazine and columnist Guy Hudson for their excellent article this month on the dangers of Smart Meters. You can pick up a copy of the magazine – published monthly – in WH Smiths, or subscribe at www.wddty.com. To […]

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Exposed: Google’s “Smart Home” Surveillance Plans, or, How To Not Be Colonized | TBYP

Two weeks ago, the New York Times’ truth-humor strip on “The Home of the Future” came on the heels of Google’s purchase of ‘smart thermostat’ manufacturer Nest for $3.2 Billion.  With power utility commissions such as California already stating their intention to “expand third-party access” to in-home […]

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Beyond Orwell: Motorola ‘vitamins’ turn your body into authentication token

[SSM]  Brace yourself, folks – because at this point, we surely cannot be far from a full-blown, human-microchipping propaganda drive. Notice, for example, how the former head of military-offshoot DARPA cleverly positions this highly-invasive technology as her “first superpower” – as if letting a corporation like Motorola […]

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Energy Firm Caught Breaking Down Door to Install Smart Meter!

Smart Meters are a financial Trojan Horse for Big Energy.  This is why we are witnessing – and now catching on film – criminal acts of vandalism, breaking and entering and trespass by energy firms trying to install their next-generation cash machines in the homes of customers. […]

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Paedophile Uses Networked-Baby Monitor to Molest Child

The following news item from the US reminds us that sexual predators exist in our reality. Some of them use the web to target and molest children. Connecting devices like video baby monitors to the web is, therefore, a terrible idea. The present plan for the ‘Smart […]

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Got a ‘Smart’ Meter? Get ready for your home to be turned into a public Wi-FI hotspot!

Imagine this. You get an official letter from your local government authority notifying you that the government has decided to provide a free Wi-Fi network throughout the municipality and as part of the roll-out you are going to have a Wi-Fi transmitter installed on your home without […]

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NSA PRISM: provides direct access to servers of Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, Apple and others

[SSM] On Friday (07-6-13), the Guardian broke a story about a previously undisclosed, $20m/annum NSA program called PRISM – which provides the NSA with direct access to the servers of Google, Facebook, Apple and other US internet giants.  The companies mentioned in the Guardian’s article strenuously denied […]

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Who controls the [Smart Meter] ‘off’ switch? ~ Prof. Ross Anderson, Cambridge University

[Ross Anderson is a Professor of Security Engineering at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory. He has persistently argued that, by their nature, large databases will never be free of abuse by breaches of security.  He has said that if a large system is designed for ease […]

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Ofgem-certified ‘Smart’ Meter HACKED: “Homes, office buildings, entire neighbours at risk”

[SSM] There is nothing ‘smart’ about web-enabling our energy or utility supplies.  This report helps to illustrate this inconvenient ‘Smart’ Grid truth.  Our challenge to British Gas to let us perform a cyber-attack on one of its ‘Smart’ Meters live on TV remains unaccepted but still stands. […]

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