New Smart Grid Research Shows Last Generation Technologies Pose Privacy Risks


Researchers at the University of South Carolina have published research showing that some types of electrical meters are broadcasting unencrypted information that could enable eavesdropping on energy usage data. New meters based on AMI (advanced metering infrastructure) should avoid this problem because they use encryption as recommended by the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Smart Grid Interoperability Panel.

For more information: Neighborhood Watch: Security and Privacy Analysis of Automatic Meter Reading Systems


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