2014-09-25 Major new Bug getting into $mart appliances and $meters

Electro-Pollution
a presentation by Dr. Ross Anderson
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Electro-pollution is the most serious health concern of the 21st century.

  • California community giving free wifi via the Smart  grid. No choice, no escape!! Remember that Hydro collectors, the Cisco 1000 devices installed outside our homes, have 8 transmitters. Hydro wouldn’t tell us why – now we have a hint.

http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_22881443/santa-clara-becomes-free-wi-fi-city-through

 

  • Huge increases in consumption after a smart meter installed in Virginia. An electrician suggested it could be due to strong magnetic fields from transmission lines nearby. It is logical that RF or magnetic fields could interfere with the smart meters, just as they interfere with other wireless devices. I’ll let you know if any tests confirm the interference as a cause.

http://www.roanoke.com/news/casey-couple-s-sky-high-electric-bills-are-a-mystery/article_e0d79b20-ea0e-55c1-8d7c-75cfee6469e9.html

 

  • The internet is extremely vulnerable to hackers, and the smart grid depends upon the internet “cloud” for transmitting data. “Smart appliances, gadgets, even lightbulbs provide entry into your homes and your bank account. With wifi (and who knows what else) tied into the smart meters and grid, everything is put at risk.

Cindy Sage warns:

CNN’s coverage of the new ‘Bash Bug’ shows that ‘the Internet-of-things’ is fatally flawed.

Wireless connections to ‘smart appliances’ and ‘smart devices’ are inherently unsafe and pose

catastrophic security risks to consumers.  The only solution for the bash bug? If and when a patch becomes available, update every device you have. But that’s something that’s not likely. Companies don’t often update their fleet of devices, and customers rarely pay attention for that sort of thing.

Makes one wonder how consumers can do anything about security risks from ‘smart meters’ forced on them by electric and water utilities.

 

‘Bash’ bug could let hackers attack through a light bulb

By Jose Pagliery  @Jose_Pagliery September 24, 2014: 9:50 PM ET

http://money.cnn.com/2014/09/24/technology/security/bash-bug/

 

7 safety tips from hackers

By Jose Pagliery  @Jose_Pagliery September 22, 2014: 2:19 PM ET

So you’ve been hacked… Now what?

NEW YORK (CNNMoney)

http://money.cnn.com/2014/09/22/technology/security/hacker-safety-tips/index.html

 

Bug in Bash shell creates big security hole on anything with *nix in it

http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/09/bug-in-bash-shell-creates-big-security-hole-on-anything-with-nix-in-it/

 

A security vulnerability in the GNU Bourne Again Shell (Bash), the command-line shell used in many Linux and Unix operating systems, could leave systems running those operating systems open to exploitation by specially crafted attacks. “This issue is especially dangerous as there are many possible ways Bash can be called by an application,” a Red Hat security advisory warned.

A test on Mac OS X 10.9.4 (“Mavericks”) by Ars showed that it also has a vulnerable version of Bash. Apple has not yet patched Bash, though it just issued an update to “command line tools.”

 

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