As reported by the portal Artificial intelligence, The Internet of Things used as Smart Meters can give cybercriminals a lot of fun and a quick recognition of whether to rob our home. Smart Meters is nothing but smart meters, e.g. electricity, and according to the Energy Law amended a year ago by 2026, Polish operators should replace as much as 80 percent of them.
Internet of Things is a concept that was first used by Kevin Ashton in 1999. At that time, it meant a system in which objects with sensors communicated with each other and provided data to computers, which were the "heart" of the entire ecosystem. Meanwhile, we are currently dealing with completely dispersed infrastructure. Initially, IoT was a curiosity, until the end of the first decade of the 21st century, when their number exceeded the then population in the world (about 6.737 billion). Undoubtedly, the IoT concept itself is not very precise. In a simplified way, we can assume that the group of the Internet of Things includes all equipment that offers internet connectivity and allows you to send and receive information. With their use, the device is able to offer additional benefits.
What does the attack scenario look like? A cybercriminal who breaks into a home network, for example, gets access to energy consumption data that is downloaded every 15 minutes. With such information, it is not difficult to deduce when the household members are away and, for example, to plan a burglary.
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A group of German scientists checked whether based on such data it is possible to obtain information about which television programs are watched by the household. It turned out yes. Another study conducted by HP specialists showed that many IoT devices operating in our homes are susceptible to hacker attacks. This is due to insufficient security regarding passwords, cryptography or lack of proper access control management.
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What does the Smart Meters market look like in Poland? Tauron has been implementing the AMIplus Smart City Wrocław project since 2015, installing smart meters in private homes. In 2017, the company made available to customers a service enabling remote access to measurement data in real time. Tauron ensures that it uses meters from three manufacturers in the OSGP (Open Smart Grid Protocol) standard, while maintaining the highest standards of communication security. This is the first such solution in Europe.
Undoubtedly, it perfectly shows that work is needed to develop common standards and their effective implementation. It is now clear that producers themselves still have a lot to learn, not to mention their customers. I hope that the implemented solutions will be properly tested and we will not have to become guinea pigs. Undoubtedly, a fascinating battle is going on between smart homesand cyber criminals.
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