Ladies and gentlemen,
- Less than 72 hours ago we published a story about PG&E being fined for spying on anti-smart meter groups in California.
- Less than 24 hours ago we published our confusion about seeing the British Gas Smart Metering team’s name added to our DontSmartMeter.me campaign.
- Less than 2 hours after running that story, our website was paralysed and knocked offline by a heavy-duty DDoS attack courtesy of some (presently) unknown assailants.
- Now it seems as though we have discovered strong evidence of a rebellion going on within British Gas against Smart Meters.
Our website, for better or worse, logs the IP address of anyone serving Notices of Non-Consent for Smart Meter Installation/Notices of Liability through our website. A sad fact about the internet, as Google’s Eric Schmidt reminds us, is that “the computers never forget”.
So we ran a reverse IP trace on the BG submission – recorded in our logs as 18.104.22.168 – at http://whatismyipaddress.com/ip/22.214.171.124 and it listed the static IP owner as one Fujitsu Services Ltd, in location: Leicester.
A short walk across the Internet shows us that Fujitsu Services – a large IT services provider – happens to look after Desktop PCs for one “British Gas”, following a five year deal in 2011.
And British Gas, current front-runner in the roll-out of Smart Meters in the UK, has a dedicated Smart Metering unit based in… Leicester. An announcement about its Leicester-based “Energy Academy” made the news in 2009.
How about that. Whilst we cannot say for sure, at this point, who it was within the BG Smart Metering team that made the submission, or indeed whether it was possibly a Fujitsu staffer, the latter does seem unlikely. Especially when you consider the words of Fujitsu’s Business Development Director for Smart Metering and Smart Technologies who argues that it is possible to “turn the meter reading problem into a world leading opportunity”. (Because, after all, getting spyware into every home truly IS a world-class business opportunity. If the world thinks you can be trusted, that is.)
So is this the beginning of a massive Smart Meter mutiny? Let’s hope so.
Most people are still in the dark about the realities of the Smart Meter programme. Please help us change that by spreading this story far and wide.