Smart Meter Vulnerabilities
Major Concerns mount over Smart Meters which use Poor Security
Millions of people install smart meters in their homes for their convenience. Although they are very convenient to use, hackers are exploiting their vulnerabilities to invade your privacy, and unfortunately for us, hacking into them is not really a difficult job.
When a hacker breaks into your system and injects a malicious code, then he could gain control over the entire power system of your house. He can shut down down the entire power supply, hold it for ransom, or even explode your meter if he wants. He may also be able to monitor energy use and when a person may not be home.
If such information falls into the wrong hands, then a hacked smart meter can lead to very dangerous circumstances. Among other issues, the hacker could commit billing fraud and increase your bill amount. They may also get to know whether you have any expensive electronic devices in your home which could be remotely hacked.
Hacking a Smart Meter using GSM
The main reason why these smart meters are insecure is because of the way these meters interact with the utility company. In order for communication, most of these meters use GSM. GSM technology is not very secure. All the hacker has to do is to get a fake tower with a strong signal, and your device will automatically hand over all the necessary information.
GSM technology is not very secure. All the hacker has to do is to get a fake tower with a strong signal, and your device will automatically hand over all the necessary information.
In the GSM technology, the meter has to authenticate with the signal tower, and not the opposite way. The signal tower can easily send fake commands to your smart device. And unfortunately, all the smart meters which interacts with the same utility company, use the same credentials. If the hacker manages to hack into one device, he will gain access to all the other devices as well.
Another reason why smart devices are not secure is because their device names are also very short. It is quite easy for the hackers to get the encryption key from these devices. Another fault of these smart meters is that while pairing, no authentication is required. The hacker can just request for your smart meter to pair and he will get the encryption keys in return.
In order to protect yourself from the hackers, you have to carefully monitor your bills. If you feel that your bills are a bit inflated, then you should seriously look into it, and make sure that the security of your meter has not been compromised. The Global Smart Grid Federation ( GSGF), is also working hard to come up with more secure smart meters.
Smart Meter Lawsuits
The Abbott Law Group, P.A. is investigating any possible damages which could come from a hacked smart meter including personal injury, property damage, and billing fraud. If you have experienced serious problems with your smart meter, and you believe it could be related to poorly designed security, then give us a call for a free consultation.