Smart Meters are being plugged in all over America. In most states, utility customers have no say about it. They get one or else. Most upset utility customers claim the meters cause healthcare issues, and they may or may not be right. Some folks have been hacking Smart Meters to lower their electricity costs. The ease of such a thing points to a more sinister weakness. A direct attack.
It wouldn’t take much for an enemy of the United States to find one of these meters anywhere along the grid, gain access using readily available software, and implant a Trojan worm. Such a malicious program isn’t detectable as a virus, and since Smart Meters use a dedicated, city-wide Wi-Fi system, the code would implant itself into every meter in the grid. You can add the utility company’s mainframe computer to that vulnerability list. The computer-worm could be programmed to activate on a specific date. Shutting down power to homes, law enforcement offices, hospitals and emergency response services can do more than throw our country into a panic. It could open us up for a major coordinated terrorist attack.
Folks might try to console themselves by suggesting that such security flaws in the Smart Meter software would be corrected by intelligent, forward thinking people in Washington DC. The truth of the matter stings. There just aren’t any intelligent, forward thinking people in Washington DC. If there were any such individuals, the Untied States of America wouldn’t be in the economic tailspin it is suffering through today.
It’s estimated that by 2015, up to 440 million new Smart Meters would be installed in the United States of America. That’s plenty of new weak points in the grid, making themselves into tempting targets for those who know how to infiltrate a Smart Meter. It can be done without opening the meter, accessing any screws or wires, or bothering the people inside the house. All a person would need is a security testing tool, or any Infrared port on a laptop, and the know-how in accessing the hardware.
To fix this would require a hardware change, which would alter the programming requirements and system encryption. Even then, there would still be a threat, as no computer system is 100% hacker proof. Switching everything back to analog meters would solve the problem for sure, but that would be one heck of a costly fix, considering the massive amount of dollars the US government is spending to convince utility companies to switch to a Smart Meter grid in the first place.