What Mr. O. Doesn’t Know About “Smart”
As Verizon workers mount the largest strike in recent labor history at the ‘beginning of the demise of the wired phone,’ workers blow the whistle on PG&E’s pervasive corporado culture, and a new executive clone is brought in to help the beleaguered power monopoly overcome its ‘recent challenges,’ we also look at more inconvenient truths concerning the folly of wireless ‘smartness’ about which our President has apparently quaffed the kool aid.
The Too-Smart-For-Its-Own-Good Grid
August 4, 2011
By Larry Hardesty, MIT
New technologies intended to boost reliance on renewable energy could destabilize the power grid if they’re not matched with careful pricing policies.
Smart grid vulnerability 2:05
CNN’s Jeanne Meserve looks at possible cyber-attacks on the new electric smart grid.
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WASHINGTON (CNN) — Is it really so smart to forge ahead with the high technology, digitally based electricity distribution and transmission system known as the “Smart Grid”? Tests have shown that a hacker can break into the system, and cybersecurity experts said a massive blackout could result.
Smart Grid offers target-rich opportunities for hackers
Published 3 August 2010
SCADA systems are vulnerable to hacking, but the smart grid is even more vulnerable; security experts at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas last week warned that the accelerated deployment of smart-grid technology could leave critical infrastructure and private homes vulnerable to hackers; hacking may come in a benign form — customers might simply figure out how to lower their electricity bills by manipulating how much energy their meters say they are using; hacking may also have more sinister aspects: large-scale attacks may also be possible, and the smart grid’s serious vulnerabilities make it possible to shut down the power supply to an entire city.
Smart Grid Exposes Utilities to Smart Computer Hackers – Scientific American
Greater challenges lie ahead as smart grid technologies proliferate in the nation’s transmission network and utility control centers and eventually reach business and residential electricity customers
By Peter Behr and ClimateWire | April 19, 2011
A year ago, an unidentified computer intruder tried to penetrate the Lower Colorado River Authority’s power generation network with 4,800 high-speed log-in attempts that originated at an Internet address in China, according to a grid official’s confidential memo that was leaked to the media.
Hacking the Smart Grid – Technology Review
The technology could open up all kinds of opportunities for attackers, researchers say.
PG&E workers say safety warnings ignored – San Jose Mercury News
By Steve Johnson
What does it mean to “opt out” if you live over a bank of 42 meters?
Video by Amy O’Hair
Bay Area resident Tom Rossi and his wife sleep in a room directly over a bank of 42 “smart” meters. The pulses from the meters are nearly continuous and measurably strong. His wife’s sleep is disturbed. He doesn’t want to be a guinea pig in an experiment that no one is paying attention to.
It was really clear while I was there measuring that the pulses were
not exiting the building through the exterior wall (which was mostly
underground), but going directly up into the room above—also likely
getting bounced around and intensified in the electrical room below
PUC investigates allegations in lawsuit against PG&E – San Jose Mercury News
Battered PG&E names outsider as new CEO – San Jose Mercury News
Technocracy’s Endgame: Global Smart Grid
By Patrick Wood – The August Forecast & Review
“There is a new world wide web emerging right before our eyes. It is a global energy network and, like the internet, it will change our culture, society and how we do business. More importantly, it will alter how we use, transform and exchange energy.” – Terrawatts.com home page.
The dark horse of the New World Order is not Communism, Socialism or Fascism: It is Technocracy.
The development and implementation of Smart Grid technology in the U.S. – reinventing the electrical grid with Wifi-enabled digital power meters – is proceeding at breakneck speed. Although Smart Grid is the result of years of government planning, the recent kickoff was made possible through massive “green” grants that were quietly included in President Obama’s economic stimulus package starting in 2009.
These lucrative grants have drawn in a host of corporate players, from utility companies to digital meter manufacturers to control software vendors. Global companies like IBM, GE and Siemens are putting their full effort behind the “build-out” that will consolidate all of America into a single, integrated, communication-enabled electric delivery and monitoring system, collectively called Smart Grid.
Proponents of Smart Grid claim that it will empower the consumer to better manage his or her power consumption and hence, costs. The utility companies will therefore be more efficient in balancing power loads and requirements across diverse markets.
However, like carnival barkers, these Smart Grid hucksters never reveal where or how SmartGrid came into being, nor what the ultimate endgame aims to achieve; perhaps most of them have no idea either, but simply repeat the mantra as if they know what they are talking about.
In SmartGrid: The Implementation of Technocracy?, I revealed the background of both Technocracy and Smart Grid, and most importantly, the links between them. Smart Grid is born out of Technocracy and not the other way around.
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