GCHQ steps in over fear £11bn smart meters being installed in millions of homes may be HACKED – leading to gas supplies being cut off
- Smart meters use a 12-year battery but there are concerns these could fail
- GCHQ fear hackers could turn off UK’s energy supply or ‘blow things up’
- Experts are concentrating on ensuring whole system cannot be shut down
- Research shows that meters make no difference to gas and electricity use
Smart meters being installed in millions of homes are at risk of failing or being hacked, which could cut off gas supplies in winter, it is claimed.
The meters use a battery which should last 12 years, however there are concerns these could fail or run down earlier.
Once the battery stops working the meter automatically shuts off the gas.
The Government is rolling out smart meters across the country – a move predicted to add £11bn to energy bills. But GCHQ is concerned they pose a security risk and if hacked the UK’s energy supply could be cut off
Technology experts also say the meters can be controlled remotely through Wi-Fi signals – which despite security measures, could mean hackers are able to turn off the supply.
Fears over hacking are so great that British spy agency GCHQ has built in additional safeguards for the meters, after discovering loopholes in designs abroad.
Using one single encryption code across the whole system would present a national security risk as it could let hackers switch off the UK’s energy supplies or even ‘start blowing things up’, an official told the Financial Times.
Experts have worked on ensuring that the overall system can remain secure if one part of it is compromised by an attack.
The national smart meter rollout is predicted to add £11billion to energy bills.
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