2017-02-17 “Smart” light bulbs can lead to “hacked” infrastructure

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1)    Security expert warns that even a “smart” light bulb can be the entry point for attacks on the entire system – which is under constant attack. The necessary precautions are not being taken.

 

“McCaul called for a new national cybersecurity plan coordinated by the Department of Homeland Security that mandates regular exercises and lays out strike-back options. “We are in the fight of our digital lives and we are not winning,” said McCaul, who is briefed weekly on cyber threats including briefings that started last spring on Russian hacking related to the U.S. presidential election…

Shamir and colleagues will present a paper later this year called, “IoT Going Nuclear.” It describes how one person with a malware-infected smart light bulb could within minutes infect a smart city that uses a large number of smart lights.

He noted smart TVs from Korea’s LG Electronics have already been hit by ransomware. “The government should do something about [such problems] by not allowing devices not sufficiently secured to be connected to the public Internet,” he said, drawing a round of applause.”

http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1331353

2)  A 2014 study about EHS that shows statistically significant, measurable differences between EHS and non-EHS groups. EHS is real and the number of people afflicted is increasing with the proliferation of wireless devices/transmitters like smeters and microcells.

Metabolic and Genetic Screening of Electromagnetic Hypersensitive Subjects as a Feasible Tool for Diagnostics and Intervention

https://www.hindawi.com/journals/mi/2014/924184/

3)    Many people complain of significant increases in bills after losing their analogs to smeters. In Michigan, one disabled vet has seen his bill almost double with highest usage during the night when he is sleeping! He fears he will lose his home because of his electricity bill – sounds like what is happening in Ontario.

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Energy Insights provided by the company show their usage to be highest from 12-am to 12-noon when they are sleep or not using appliances. Even more to the point — the couple spends 3 weeks out of the month away from their Grand Blanc Township home during camping season.

A technician visited the house Tuesday to, and said the couple is being energy efficient. The only answer Edward has for the increase is the installation of a smart meter. He says that was told to him by a Consumers Energy employee.

“She says that the newer meters are catching up from appliances that weren’t recording properly.”

Consumers Energy says Edward’s meter is showing an accurate reading. They say Edward has been enrolled in a shutoff protection plan for over a year, and his bill increased in November to address a past-due balance. He owes a few thousand dollars, and now this vet is running out of options. He’s already taken out a VA loan to help with the mortgage.

http://www.abc12.com/content/news/Disabled-veteran-disputes-bill-increase-smart-meter-reading-414130523.html

Letters:

From: X
Sent: February 15, 2017
To: douglas.routley.mla@leg.bc.ca
Cc: adrian.dix.mla@leg.bc.ca; Commission.Secretary@bcuc.com; bcauditor@bcauditor.com; bchydroregulatorygroup@bchydro.com; cbcnewsvancouver@cbc.ca; derek@soundernews.com

Subject: BC Hydro Smart meters program issues…

*Douglas Routley MLA*
#112-50 Tenth Street
Nanaimo, BC V9R 6L1

Dear Mr. Routley,

I am writing to request your assistance as I have contacted BC Hydro by phone in order to complain about a couple of issues that I believe are not fair to me as a customer.

Unfortunately, on both issues, I was told that the law – passed in our legislature – gave BC Hydro the right to act that way. Let me explain the issues to you:

First, my digital (legacy) meter was changed for a smart meter with the radio off this last December.  Unfortunately, I was not given a choice in the matter, and to add insult to injury, in my last bill I’m being charged a $22.60 + GST for a Meter Choices Program Set Up. I called BC Hydro Smart Meter program and I was told that the law allows BC Hydro to charge me that fee. I question such charge if, as a customer, I had no choice in the matter.

And, second, it has come to my attention that some smart meters on Gabriola are being read manually, which is happening in rural areas a lot due to environmental constrains. I question the fact that I have to pay a fee of $28.93 for the reading of my radio-off meter and owners of smart meters are not, even though their meters are read manually! Why am I being discriminated, or put in a different category as a customer, if their meters are also read manually?

Sincerely,
X

 

Sharon Noble
Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters

Not every battle can be won, but every battle must be waged. This is the proving ground. Are you prepared to stand your ground?

Sent from my hard wired laptop that has no Wi-Fi capability, using a hard wired modem, attached to a hard wired printer.