IS THE SMART GRID REALLY SECURE?

Four Corner's reporter Andrew Fowler reveals that hackers, working from locations overseas, have targeted key Federal Government departments and major corporations in Australia.

Four Corner’s reporter Andrew Fowler reveals that hackers, working from locations overseas, have targeted key Federal Government departments and major corporations in Australia.

“HACKED!” – Monday 27 May 2013

While debate rages over Australia’s border security, there’s growing evidence that the greatest threat to Australia’s national security potentially comes from foreign computer hackers. Few in government or business will admit the full extent of the break-ins, with one expert calling it a “dirty little secret”.

Relevant comments on smart grid security taken directly from ABC Four Corners “Hacked” transcript

“ANDREW FOWLER: The shutting down of the satellite and the attack on the Iranian facility served as a warning, that infrastructure is in the front line. Dams and electricity generating plants, anything using computerised systems are vulnerable to cyber attack.

JOHN BLACKBURN: What’s happened over time is we’re becoming more and more reliant on this cyber domain. It’s a, it’s a nice buzz word but it’s basically the way everything functions and operates today and more so in the future. For example, the use of smart grids in the electricity networks and wireless connectivity for those. It makes a lot of sense financially or economically and it’s far more efficient but have we designed those systems to address the potential threats to them and in my view that hasn’t been done well.”

To see the full transcript and recording of the program please go to ABC Four Corners – Hacked

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5 Responses to IS THE SMART GRID REALLY SECURE?

  1. Eric says:

    The Distribution Companies THEMSELVES are HACKERS.
    They are hacking into our properties.
    They install their spyware device onto our properties by stealth.
    They hack into our lives.
    They watch us what we do and they use that data for their own gain.
    That’s hacking.
    That’s spyware.
    And like the residual damage that hacking and spyware causes to one’s computer, so the pulsing electromagnetic radiation from the wireless communications of this spyware device will leave it’s residual damage on the health of our children, our families and ourselves.

  2. kenny says:

    Hackers sound very scary.
    Meanwhile companies like this are reality and flying under the public privacy radar.
    Did Four Corners mention this company?

    From http://www.gridglo.com/
    Once in place, Smart Meters will be able to do a LOT more than we currently give them (energy) credit for.
    GridGlo sells software and services that help utilities see how and why their customers, primarily homeowners, are using electricity in real-time.
    The chief executive of GridGlo, Isais Sudit, explained:
    At GridGlo, were using a deeper level of analytics, though, and handling a greater amount of data 1,300 criteria to start than any other companies in the energy space. Also, we focus strictly on helping the utilities.

    Our technology can tell a utility if their customers are married, have kids, living in a 5,000 square foot home, if and when they installed solar panels, if they drive a hybrid electric vehicle, if they had the same job for the last ten years, havent moved in that time and more. You put those components together and you begin to build an understanding of how this is all related to energy consumption.

    A New York research firm that turns massive amounts of data into streamlined information, the companies revealed today.

    GridGlo sells software and services that help utilities see how and why their customers, primarily homeowners, are using electricity in real-time. They also provide utilities with an Energy People Scoring Mechanism, or EPM score that the company hopes will become a standard like the FICO score is to credit card issuers and other financial institutions.

    The EPM is based on four criteria:
    1. how much power a customer uses and from which sources including things like rooftop solar panels (consumption)

    2. how efficient a consumer is compared to neighboring customers or their own past behavior (efficiency)

    3. whether or not they frequently try or are willing to try things that the utility suggests like buying a more efficient refrigerator or shutting off the air conditioner during peak hours (engagement)

    4. whether or not the consumer is consistent in their energy related habits (predictability).

    Ostensibly, if utilities can make sense of a plethora of energy data coming in every fifteen minutes or even more quickly from smart meters, smart appliances and home energy management systems and fuse it with other available information about their customers, they will be able to motivate those customers to use electricity more efficiently, or to use electricity from renewable and clean sources more often.

    GridGlo is a cleantech company specializing in the aggregation and fusion of smart meter data with consumer data to provide solutions for utility companies and application developers to realizing the full value of smart meter data. GridGlo offers a Platform as a Service. GridGlos platform uses advanced data fusion technology to merge AMI data with social and behavioral data, providing new ways for Utilities to forecast, segment, and monetize their data. GridGlo is leveraging its core technology.
    http://www.gridglo.com/

  3. Christine Crawford says:

    Listen to AM on Friday 31/05/2013 – including the extended interview…..
    http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2013/s3771622.htm

  4. Pam says:

    If Hackers can infiltrate Australian Companies and they have according to this Four Corners Report – it just goes to show that if we had a War and Smart Meters were installed all over the place, “Someone” could just flick a switch and we woud be without Power. This is getting worse by the minute. Imagine our major Cities without Power – the mind boggles. Maybe Governments will now understand why we are so strongly against Smart Meters and anything else that is “Smart”……..Pam

  5. Rik says:

    The easiest way to stop those attacks is to remove it from the internet. The electricity grid doesn’t need to be on the net so why is it? Same goes for dams and anything like that really. Its nice to have it there but its not needed online.
    If they want to attach it to the internet then they should expect it to get hacked. NOTHING is secure, EVERYTHING will eventually get hacked one way or another. Could be a hacker or it could be an employee opening a back door, but however it happens it will get hacked if its online. The only way to truly stay hack free is to remove it from the net. Easy, done, hack free.

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