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Smart meter penetration tool released

posted Aug 4, 2012, 3:18 AM by ema-1 ema-1
"Spencer McIntyre, a SecureState researcher said the goal in releasing Termineter publicly is to raise awareness of security issues pertaining to smart meters and to get vendors of such products to address those issues.

Power companies and utilities will be able to use Termineter to identify and validate internal flaws that make the meters vulnerable to hacking and tampering, he said.

The tool will give independent security researchers a way to probe such meters for potential access control and user authentication weaknesses, he said. "[Termineter] will give them low level access to smart meters to do security assessment of the device," regardless of the vendor of the device, McIntyre said.

Termineter supports ANSI C12.18 and ANSI C12.19 standards, and can communicate with smart meters via the infrared ports on each device. The tool will let penetration testers and researchers get direct access to the data on the meter"