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Smart Grid Security: Keeping Hackers Out of Your Power Meter

The smart grid has the potential to revolutionize how we use electricity. But there's a catch: We need to make it invulnerable to hackers.

If the smart grid is watching our power use, who is watching the smart grid?

The smart grid has the potential to revolutionize the way we consume electricity. But there's a catch—networking digital electrical meters into what is essentially an internet for electricity makes the smart grid vulnerable to hackers. And according to some smart grid experts, an educated hacker with $500 worth of materials and equipment could gain control of thousands—or even millions—of meters. Once a hacker has access to the grid, mass blackouts (and chaos) could ensue.

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