Smart meters are ‘dangerously insecure’, according to researcher Netanel Rubin, with insecure encryption and known-pwned protocols – and, worryingly, attacks reach all the way to making them explode. The utility hacker and founder of Vaultra derided global governmental efforts to install the meters as reckless, saying the “dangerous” devices are a risk to all connected smart home devices. Smart meters can communicate with devices inside homes, such as air conditioners, fridges, and the like. A hacker who could break into the meters could control those, potentially unlocking doors. They could also manipulate the meter’s code to cause fires, something that’s trivially easy at mains a.c. voltages.
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ORIGINAL SOURCE: The Register