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Author Topic: Open Source Smart Meter Hacking Framework Released  (Read 1255 times)

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Open Source Smart Meter Hacking Framework Released
« on: July 22, 2012, 11:03:35 AM »
I live in NZ, and we don't have smart meters on the grid, yet. Nevertheless, for if/when we do, I was interested in this Slashdot article about hacking the meters:
Open Source Smart Meter Hacking Framework Released
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Posted by timothy on Sunday July 22, @07:19AM
from the granular-snapshots dept.

wiredmikey writes "A researcher specializing in smart grids has released an open-source tool designed to assess the security of smart meters. Dubbed 'Termineter,' the framework would allow users, such as grid operators and administrators, to test smart meters for vulnerabilities. Termineter uses the serial port connection that interacts with the meter's optical infrared interface to give the user access to the smart meter's inner workings. The user interface is much like the interface used by the Metasploit penetration testing framework. It relies on modules to extend its testing capabilities. Spencer McIntyre, a member of SecureState's Research and Innovation Team, is scheduled to demonstrate Termineter in a session 'How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Smart Meter,' at Security B-Sides Vegas on July 25. The Termineter Framework can be downloaded here." As the recent lucky winner of a smart meter from the local gas company, I wish householder access to this data was easy and expected.

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Re: Open Source Smart Meter Hacking Framework Released
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2012, 08:51:39 PM »
Interesting. The code is here:

http://code.google.com/p/termineter/

I wonder if you could use it to stop them from spying on you... :P
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Re: Open Source Smart Meter Hacking Framework Released
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2012, 10:43:19 PM »
...I wonder if you could use it to stop them from spying on you... :P
Oooh! I never even thought of that!
No. That would be a bad thing to do. They wouldn't like it.

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Re: Open Source Smart Meter Hacking Framework Released
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2012, 11:05:08 PM »
One woman pulled a gun after someone tried to forcibly remove her meter and install a smart meter, even with clearly posted "no trespassing" and "no smart meter" signs:

http://www.activistp...y-against-smart.html

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A Houston area homeowner, Thelma Taormina, was forced to defend her property and her constitutional rights when a utility worker bypassed her "No Trespassing and No Smart Meters" sign, then started a scuffle to install a Smart Meter.

If they're that eager to install them, and start trespassing and pushing homeowners, I really doubt that there's anything good going on...
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Re: Open Source Smart Meter Hacking Framework Released
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2012, 11:32:56 PM »
One woman pulled a gun...
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...If they're that eager to install them, and start trespassing and pushing homeowners, I really doubt that there's anything good going on...
Yup. I read about that too. Amazing.