Hackers Find Open, ‘Digital’ Back-Door To Power Grid; Making Electrical Grid ‘Greener’ Is Increasing Vulnerability To Spies/Criminals

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Hackers Find Open,’Digital’ Back-Door To Power Grid; Making Electrical Grid ‘Greener,’ Is Increasing Vulnerability To Spies/Criminals

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Louise Downing and Jim Poulson, writing in the July 2, 2014 edition of Bloomberg News, write that “making the electricity grid greener, is boosting its vulnerability to computer hacking, — increasing the risk that spies and criminals can cause blackouts.” “Adding wind farms, solar panels, and smart meters to the power distribution system — opens additional portals through which hackers can attack the grid,” according to computer security experts advising governments and utilities. “Where traditionally the grid to power from a few sources, it is now absorbing it from thousands,” notes Ms. Downing and Mr. Poulson.

“The communication network and software that link green energy sources to the grid, as well as the electronic meters that send real-time power usage to consumers and utilities — are providing new back-door entry paths for computer…

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