Hackers Could Turn Your Smart Meter Into A Bomb and Blow Your Family To Smithereens – New Claim
Smart meters are “dangerously insecure,” according to researcher Netanel Rubin – who claimed the gear uses weak encryption, relies on easily pwned protocols, and can be programmed to explode.
The software vulnerability hunter derided global efforts to roll out the meters as reckless, saying the “dangerous” devices are a risk to all connected smart home devices. Smart meters can communicate with networked devices inside homes, such as air conditioners, fridges, and the like. A hacker who could infiltrate the internet-connected meters could control those gadgets and appliances and potentially unlock doors. They could also manipulate the meter’s code to cause fires, something that’s trivially easy using mains supplies, Rubin claimed. You’d be forgiven for thinking fuses would prevent such a blaze, although the researcher is convinced the hardware can be tricked into overexerting itself and exploding. “An attacker who controls the meter also controls its software, allowing them to literally blow the meter up,” he told the Chaos Communications Congress in Hamburg, Germany, earlier this month.
“If an attacker could hack your meter, he could have access to all the devices connected to the meter. The smart meter network in its current state is completely exposed to attackers.” Rubin was accused of fear-mongering by the conference’s audience. He shot back that he wanted to grab the public’s attention with dire warnings of exploding boxes – claims that reminded El Reg of an old infamousWorld Weekly News spoof.