reply to tkdslr
Re: Burglars.. theives.. Utilities are the biggest ones of all..
said by tkdslr :Until the hackers learn how to send remote disconnect commands the threat of remote disconnect will come from corporate intransigence. Somewhere on this site is someone in Las Vegas who got remote disconnected because the power company's billing system couldn't be convinced that it made a billing error. Every bill-paying adult eventually has a fight with a corporate billing system that insists on being wrong and the CS reps who are dumber than the voice response system.
Besides that and the privacy issue..
Smart Meters can remotely shutoff a customers power at any time..
This makes them vulnerable to hackers and hostile acts/governments.
WRT privacy, it won't be hackers with $1,000 worth of gear. It'll be the utility's lame ass web site where customer's are supposed to go to see all the meter readings the smartmeter has been beaming around the neighborhood. It's not like web sites that served up anyone's data just for asking have never happened before. And web services are not a utility's core competency. Hell, utilities struggle to be even be competent at their core competency.