Smart meters will either save you money, or destroy the country

4 October 2009

Image by Leo Reynolds on Flickr. Some rights reserved. So it's true. The government's scheme to fit smart meters in every home by 2020 is part of a grand conspiracy to plunge the nation into anarchy. They're telling you these electronic beasties are to help reduce energy consumption and send real-time usage data direct to utility companies. According to professional scaremongerers however, these meters could be hacked or used to cripple the country.

There are 17,500 of the meters being trialled in the UK right now, but there are around 40 million smart meters in use worldwide. There have already been a number of security breaches, including hacking of customer details, denial of service attacks and "suspected infiltration by foreign intelligence services". Why would Mossad want to know when you're popping the kettle on? They don't - they want to control your kettle, or at least ensure you can't switch it on.

Security firms in the US have already proved their vulnerability by developing worms that can simultaneously switch off hundreds of meters. A security boffin told the Telegraph: "The utilities network has been defined by the Government as a key part of the Critical National Infrastructure. The impact of any large-scale power cut could not only put lives at risk but be potentially paralysing for the economy. Whilst there are many potential benefits of smart meters that justify their introduction, we must be aware it also brings new risks and should therefore design in security from the outset to guard against this."

Carumba. And it's not just those who are paid to be paranoid that are being paranoid; Consumer Focus is worried about the privacy implications of the meters, which will collect data on energy consumption to help households identify which appliances are most expensive at which times of day. Another in-depth database to stick on a laptop and leave on a train, right there.

[The Telegraph]

TOPICS:   Motoring   Utilities   Privacy


  • mac.d
    Never mind hackers, the utility companies will be able to change the price you are paying for your gas/electricity, disconnect your supply, and who knows, probably switch your kettle on and off, all without even having to enter your house.
  • pauski
  • a N.
    1948 more like
  • julian drink of the day
  • Brian
    Hi, my name is Brian. My step dad has a wire running from our house to a lamp post outside our house. So, i don't think these "smart meters" will affect us. Just for the record, he has NEVER sexually abused me.
  • Brian
    Not that want him to.
  • Brian's D.
    I love fucking my son. He's a gooooooood boy.
  • Brians U.
    Your such a tease!
  • Brian's S.
    Brian's dad fucks Brian too??! I thought I was his one and only! I'm coming for you Brian's dad!
  • charitynjw
    Hi Bitterwallations (No, not BW,s, that,s rude!), Mossthingy!!! Do you think they know my grandad was in the same watchtower as Bernard Manning's relative?(Google BM's obituary - just not the same when you have to explain the joke!) @Brian/Brian's dad et al...........You sad, sad people!!
  • charitynjw
    @ BitterWallet BTW just found your email in my spam box. "Nowt wrong with a bit of spam", as my old mum used to say. (well, she was Irish!)

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