Smart meters – friend or foe?
Your smart meter could be hacked, your energy held to ransom, its usage monitored to determine the best time to rob your house, or even used by advertisers to determine your favourite TV show.
Director of the Centre for Internet Safety at the University of Canberra Nigel Phair has warned Australian consumers aren’t aware of the risks associated with their smart meters.
There are two types of smart meters, ‘one-way’ or ‘two-way’ meters:
Two-way meters can be updated to inform savvy consumers on fee changes or allow power companies to cut services at a moment’s notice.
Mr Phair said two-way meters had less secure data connections, allowing would-be criminals to hack in.
ActewAGL said there were 3225 two-way smart meters in the ACT, and also that there were no Australian or global standards on security and privacy regarding smart meters and called for more stringent digital security standards.
Canberra Times, WIA