GCHQ intervenes to secure smart meters against hackers

March 18, 2016 3:24 pm

GCHQ intervenes to secure smart meters against hackers

The 24-hour operations room inside GCHQ

GCHQ, Britain’s electronic intelligence agency, has intervened to secure a new £11bn nationwide system of smart energy meters against hackers trying to crash the country’s power grids.
The communication channel between each meter and the utilities operating them was designed to be encrypted. But the encryption key — the code used to unscramble the data each meter sends and receives — was the same for all of them.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/ca2d7684-ed15-11e5-bb79-2303682345c8.html#axzz43TTLjqAp

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