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Air Conditioners Can Take Down The Power Grid

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I've had a personal problem with smart meters since power companies began rolling them out 10 years ago. The wifi signals they emit are dangerous to our health, power bills mysteriously went up, 10's of thousand of meter reader jobs were eliminated, capacitors and older appliances are blowing up due to "controlled"  power fluctuation during peak hours, etc.  Now that most cities are on the "smart" grid, it appears that anyone with a couple hundred bucks and a bit of knowledge can take the entire grid down!

 

How to Hack the Power Grid Through Home Air Conditioners

There are many ways we know of to cause a blackout. You could hack industrial equipment to spin a generator out of control. You could hijack operator machines and remotely open breakers. Or you could launch a sniper assault on substations and shoot out transformers.

Now researchers have found another way to take down the power grid: by remotely manipulating home and office air conditioners to create a surge.

The hack targets remote shut-off devices that utility companies install on air conditioners to conserve energy during peak summer periods. Many power companies offer discounts to customers if they agree to install the devices, which let the utility company remotely turn off their air conditioner when it’s hot outside and demand for power is high.

The devices, which can be installed on both central air conditioning systems as well as window-installed units, can be easily manipulated by hackers, say Vasilios Hioureas of Kaspersky Lab and Thomas Kinsey of Exigent Systems, who conducted their research as part of the Securing Smart Cities initiative. The two presented their findings today at the Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit.

More: http://www.wired.com/2016/02/how-to-hack-the-power-grid-through-home-air-conditioners/

 

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2 hours ago, CGK said:

I've had a personal problem with smart meters since power companies began rolling them out 10 years ago. The wifi signals they emit are dangerous to our health, power bills mysteriously went up, 10's of thousand of meter reader jobs were eliminated, capacitors and older appliances are blowing up due to "controlled"  power fluctuation during peak hours, etc.  Now that most cities are on the "smart" grid, it appears that anyone with a couple hundred bucks and a bit of knowledge can take the entire grid down!

 

How to Hack the Power Grid Through Home Air Conditioners

There are many ways we know of to cause a blackout. You could hack industrial equipment to spin a generator out of control. You could hijack operator machines and remotely open breakers. Or you could launch a sniper assault on substations and shoot out transformers.

Now researchers have found another way to take down the power grid: by remotely manipulating home and office air conditioners to create a surge.

The hack targets remote shut-off devices that utility companies install on air conditioners to conserve energy during peak summer periods. Many power companies offer discounts to customers if they agree to install the devices, which let the utility company remotely turn off their air conditioner when it’s hot outside and demand for power is high.

The devices, which can be installed on both central air conditioning systems as well as window-installed units, can be easily manipulated by hackers, say Vasilios Hioureas of Kaspersky Lab and Thomas Kinsey of Exigent Systems, who conducted their research as part of the Securing Smart Cities initiative. The two presented their findings today at the Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit.

More: http://www.wired.com/2016/02/how-to-hack-the-power-grid-through-home-air-conditioners/

 

Shew - I'm glad myself & family are too anti-Big Brother to let someone else control our personal climate and have never bought into that control system

The Smart terrorists are not the idiots they entrap into building fake bombs, they are the engineering students from afar who are smart enough to think of ways like this. Hmmm, add "propane tank" bomb attacks on power stations to the list, right?

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