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Drive-by Blackouting ?

Talk about "critical infrastructure protection"...  If the facts behind this article over at "The Register" are true (and I have no doubt that they are), we are currently making our electricity grid more brittle and susceptible to attacks, and we even have stimulus money paying for it.  Then again, installing "smart" power meters with broken security clearly does have a stimulus effect - it will create lots of jobs like "Meter Patcher", "Meter Replacer" and "Grid Restarter".  But if the average music sharing P2P program uses better crypto than a remotely controllable network of power meters ... then it's probably high time to start paying attention.     (Thanks to ISC reader Martin for the contribution)


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Jun 15th 2009

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