Report on Smart Meter Problems

The December 2012 report “Analysis: Smart Meter and Smart Grid Problems – Legislative Proposal” is available to the public. This 173-page report by activist Nina Beety has extensive referenced information about many of the problems and risks of the Smart Meter program, with information from state, national, and international resources. Supplemental documents can be downloaded here.

Originally written for California legislators, this updated report also provides a legislative and regulatory action plan for halting this program, and suggestions for reforming utility regulation so that the public is protected in the future.

Table of Contents

What is a Smart Meter?
Smart Grid/Smart Meter problems and issues
- Overview
- Overcharging, accuracy, and the Structure Group report
- Reliability
- Privacy invasion
- Fires and electrical problems
- Health problems Continue reading

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Radiofrequency (RF) Fields — Possibly, Probably or Definitely Carcinogenic — The Evidence Mounts Toward the Latter

From Smart Grid Awareness

December 4, 2013

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) generally categorizes agents (e.g., substances or radiation) into four (4) categories in terms of cancer causing ability:

  • Group 1:        Carcinogenic to humans.
  • Group 2A:     Probably carcinogenic to humans.
  • Group 2B:     Possibly carcinogenic to humans.
  • Group 3:        Not classifiable as to carcinogenicity in humans.

This article will demonstrate in a step by step fashion that evidence is mounting for RF radiation being considered definitely carcinogenic.  In the paragraphs that follow, information is presented showing how research data has accumulated over the past couple of years showing a progression from Group 2B to Group 2A, and finally to Group 1.  In addition, evidence continues to mount regarding other types of adverse biological effects caused by RF radiation emissions, some of which are summarized in the final section of this article.

Evidence for RF Fields Being Group 2B, Possibly Carcinogenic

In May 2011, IARC concluded that “radiofrequency electromagnetic fields [are] possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B) … A positive association has been observed between exposure to the agent and cancer for which a causal interpretation is considered by the Working Group to be credible,…”

As stated in the full IARC Monograph Vol. 102, for Non-Ionizing Radiation, published in April 2013, the evaluation for carcinogenicity was applicable for all radiofrequency (RF) radiation in the range (30 kHz to 300 GHz) of the electromagnetic spectrum.  Quoting the Monograph:

“[It] should be emphasized that the evaluations in this volume address the general question of whether RF radiation causes cancer in humans or in experimental animals:  it does not specifically or exclusively consider mobile phones, but rather the type of radiation emitted by mobile phones and various other sources.”  [emphasis added]

“The Working Group agreed to consider three categories of human exposure to RF radiation:  (a) environmental sources such as mobile-phone base stations, broadcast antennae, smart meters, and medical applications; (b) occupational sources such as high-frequency dielectric and induction heaters, and high-power pulsed radars; and (c) the use of personal devices such as mobile phones, cordless phones, Bluetooth devices, and amateur radios.”

“The overall evaluation by the IARC Working Group was:  Radiofrequency electromagnetic fields are possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B).”  [emphasis added]

Evidence for RF Fields Being Group 2A, Probably Carcinogenic

Dr. Devra Davis and Dr. Anthony B. Miller, along with other co-authors, published an article in April 2013, entitled, “Swedish Review Strengthens Grounds for Concluding That Radiation from Cellular and Cordless Phones Is a Probable Human Carcinogen.” [1]

A noteworthy quotation from the article is as follows:

“By reviewing key epidemiological studies, some of which have been published since the IARC review, addressing methodological critiques of their own and other studies, and reporting the results of a meta-analysis of their own and the IARC coordinated Interphone study, Hardell et al provide new and compelling evidence for IARC to re-evaluate its classification of ‘a possible carcinogen’, with a view to changing that assessment of electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones, cordless phones, and other wireless devices at least to a ‘probable human carcinogen,’ i.e. Group 2A.”  [emphasis added]

Consistent with the above evidence presented to support the Group 2A classification, Dr. Anthony B. Miller made a presentation on November 20, 2013, before the Toronto Public Works and Infrastructure Committee.  This presentation was made in opposition to a request for authorization by a communications company to install cellular towers/poles throughout Toronto, Canada (on the City’s public right-of-way) that were less than 15 meters in height.  The video for Dr. Miller’s presentation is provided below.  Some of the more significant statements in the presentation include the following:

We set forward [in a recent paper] the reasons for our view that the proper designation now if [the IARC] Working Group were to meet would be Category 2A, … making it a probable human carcinogen.”

“We in public health believe in prudent avoidance.”

“When you deliver a potential [or probable] carcinogen over a wide area in the environment, you expose numerous people and you may increase risks to a small proportion, but you can’t identify who they are. … That doesn’t mean there’s no harm, and as you increase the dosage, as you increase the amount of radiofrequency fields in our environment, you will in fact increase the hazard.”

“It seems to me that unless I can be reassured that this proposal before you, … that what you are in fact setting, if you approve this, you are setting the scene for increasing cancer risks, probably brain tumors, several other cancers, which you will not be able to identify, I would say, for ten to fifteen years.”

Evidence for RF Fields Being Group 1, Carcinogenic

Lennart Hardell and Michael Carlberg published an article in November 2013, entitled, “Using the Hill Viewpoints from 1965 for Evaluating Strengths of Evidence of the Risk for Brain Tumors Associated with Use of Mobile and Cordless Phones.” [2]

This published article utilized causation criteria developed by Sir Bradford Hill in 1965 to provide a framework for evaluation of the brain tumor risk from RF-EMF.  According to the article, “all nine issues on causation according to Hill were evaluated.  Regarding wireless phones, only studies with long-term use were included.  In addition, laboratory studies and data on the incidence of brain tumors were considered.”  The results of the evaluation were as follows:

“The criteria on strength, consistency, specificity, temporality, and biologic gradient for evidence of increased risk for glioma and acoustic neuroma were fulfilled.  Additional evidence came from plausibility and analogy based on laboratory studies.  Regarding coherence, several studies show increasing incidence of brain tumors, especially in the most exposed area.  Support for the experiment came from antioxidants that can alleviate the generation of reactive oxygen species involved in biologic effects, although a direct mechanism for brain tumor carcinogenesis has not been shown.  In addition, the finding of no increased risk for brain tumors in subjects using the mobile phone only in a car with an external antenna is supportive evidence.”

Conclusions reached in the published article include the following:

“Based on Hill’s viewpoints and his discussion on how these issues should be used, the conclusion of this review is that glioma and acoustic neuroma are caused by RF-EMF emissions from wireless phones.  According to the IARC Preamble, the classification should be Group 1, i.e., ‘the agent is carcinogenic to humans’, and urgent revision of current guidelines for exposure is needed.”  [emphasis added]

“Because of the widespread use of wireless technology, even a small [health] risk increase would have serious public health consequences.”

Summary on Carcinogenic Effects and Discussion of Other Adverse Effects

Evidence continues to mount that radiofrequency fields are harmful to humans and that RF emissions should not be treated in the same vein, for example, as “picked vegetables as traditionally prepared in Asia” (which is also an agent categorized as Group 2B by the IARC organization).  With mounting evidence that RF radiation is definitely carcinogenic and the fact that exposure to our population is increasing at an exponential rate from a variety of RF sources, the potential consequences are catastrophic.  Because of the potential long-term ramifications, prudent avoidance measures should be implemented immediately by all governments, corporations, schools, and individuals.

Furthermore, this article has yet only highlighted the recent developments in establishing the carcinogenic nature of RF radiation.  Evidence continues to also mount for other adverse biological effects as well, such as those described by Magda Havas in another recent article published in November 2013, entitled “Radiation from Wireless Technology Affects the Blood, the Heart, and the Autonomic Nervous System.” [3]

The Havas article describes how radiation from wireless technology affects the blood, the heart, and the autonomic nervous system.  Certainly to some individuals, these adverse effects represent a much more imminent threat than do the more long-term carcinogenic effects.  According to Havas:

“Exposure to electrosmog generated by electric, electronic, and wireless technology is accelerating to the point that a portion of the population is experiencing adverse reactions when they are exposed.  The symptoms of electrohypersensitivity (EHS), best described as rapid aging syndrome, experienced by adults and children resemble symptoms experienced by radar operators in the 1940s to the 1960s and are well described in the literature.”  These symptoms can include “fatigue, sleep disturbance, headaches, feeling of discomfort, difficulty concentrating, depression, memory loss, visual disruptions, irritability, hearing disruptions, skin problems, cardiovascular problems, dizziness, loss of appetite, movement difficulties, and nausea.”

The final statements in the Havas article are:

“If we do nothing about guidelines and … fail to regulate the technology in a way that minimizes microwave exposure, then many more people are likely to become ill and some will die.  [See figure below.]

If we choose to minimize exposure by establishing biologically based guidelines rather than the current thermal guidelines, by encouraging wired Internet access in schools, universities, hospitals, workplaces, and homes, by installing wired smart meters, and by establishing RF-free zones for those who are highly sensitive, then we can reverse much of the damage that has been inflicted.  [See figure below.]

The choice is ours, and the real question is, ‘Do we have the foresight and courage to make the right decision or will we require a health tsunami before we act?’”



[1] “Swedish Review Strengthens Grounds for Concluding That Radiation from Cellular and Cordless Phones Is a Probable Human Carcinogen;” Devra Lee Davis, Santosh Kesari, Colin L. Soskolne, Anthony B. Miller, Yael Stein; Pathophysiology – April 2013 (Vol. 20, Issue 2), Pages 123-129,

[2] “Using the Hill Viewpoints from 1965 for Evaluating Strengths of Evidence of the Risk for Brain Tumors Associated with Use of Mobile and Cordless Phones,” Hardell and Carlberg, Reviews on Environmental Health, Volume 28 (November 2013), Issue 2-3, Pages 97–106,

[3] “Radiation from Wireless Technology Affects the Blood, the Heart, and the Autonomic Nervous System,” Magda Havas, Reviews on Environmental Health, Volume 28 (November 2013), Issue 2-3, Pages 75–84,

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$24,000 water bill
Monterey man gets $24K water bill whopper
Cal-Am responds quickly
By Jim Johnson, Herald Staff Writer

 Among the dozens of complaints from Monterey Peninsula residents about sudden, sky-high California American Water bills, Gervais Davis’ tale may have topped them all.

Last week, the 81-year-old retired Monterey attorney received a $24,028.86 bill that reflected 228,813 gallons of usage — enough to fill a medium-sized water tower tank — over a two-month period from mid-December to mid-February.

New problem?

Skyrocketing water bills mystify, anger residents
Water wars: Bills rise to the thousands
March 2, 2011

    • Atlanta woman reacts to her $3,000 water bill: I’m “sinking in a hole of water”
    • City water officials received more than 22,000 calls in January
    • Many problems arise after installation of automated water meters
    • Similar water bill spikes reported in Ohio, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Florida

The problematic meters in Atlanta are made by Neptune Technologies.

Neptune smart meters are used by Cal-Am in Monterey County, too, though Cal-Am is changing over to Mueller smart water meters. But Cal-Am is not replacing the Neptune meters.

Semantics and p.r. are in full force

  • Cal-Am does not call these meters Smart Meters. They call them “RF meters”.
  • Cal-Am says leaks and rates are the reason for the high bills, even though many customers have hired professionals and have not found leaks.

In several cases documented in The Herald, follow-up inspections — some by Cal Am’s own experts — reported no discernible leaks.

Cal Am spokeswoman Catherine Stedman said company officials realized the Monterey district needed someone specifically dedicated to dealing with high bills, especially because unintended usage such as leaks could drive the bills as high as several thousands of dollars due to the district’s steeply tiered rate design.

“I think we realize high bills due to the rate design and leaks are very burdensome on customers,” Stedman said. “The steeply tiered rates are there to encourage conservation, and they’ve been very effective. But we need to learn how to deal with the rate design. Now we have a person in Monterey focused just on the high bills situation.

…However, both Lopez and Stedman told The Herald that the company still believes its meters are accurate, and that even a stratospheric reading like Davis’ can be explained.

  • Cal-Am has not told the public they are replacing analog water meters with wireless water meters.
  • Despite many articles in local newspapers, information about the meters and the historical problem with wireless Smart Meter accuracy and reliability is not reported. Why?The only mention about the type of meters was here, and the newspaper does not say these are wireless smart meters:
    October 15, 2012

The directors also said they would look into one customer’s list of possible malfunction causes in equipment made by Neptune Technology Group, the company that manufactures Cal Am’s newest meters. (Cal-Am General Manager) Sabolstice said around 40 percent of customers use the newer meters.

There is an ongoing campaign of deception by the utilities, the media, and oversight agencies. Why?

  • Cal-Am sought to recover the “leak” adjustment credits given to customers with high bills, from the ratepayers, even though there was no investigation or proof that these were actual water losses. Neither the California Public Utilities Commission nor the local Monterey Peninsula Water Management District have investigated these problems to ascertain how many bills come from Cal-Am’s Smart Meters.

In the face of such financial costs and problems over performance, as well as the other enormous liabilities with Smart Meters, why has this program been allowed to continue? Why is the public so poorly served?

For more information:
Analysis: Smart Meter and Smart Grid Problems, p. 11-16

Monterey County Herald articles:
Special Cal-Am page:
Cal Am awash in disputed water bills; more customers question their usage, charges, August 11, 2012
Cal Am water customers have ally in complaints, October 15, 2012
Cal Am seeks to recover costs from leak adjustments on water bills, October 18, 2012
Cal Am drops request to recover costs for courtesy leak adjustments, March 19, 2013
Monterey: Cal Am takes responsibility for some spiked water bills; High water bills caused by accounting, register errors, May 22, 2013
Monterey water crisis: spiked bills still a problem for some; Carmel Woods couple baffled by $5526 charge, February 18, 2014
Monterey man gets $24K water bill whopper; Cal-Am responds quickly, March 9, 2014

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Are Smart Meters (and wireless tech) making you sick?

Below are some of the health problems reported following Smart Meter installation:

tinnitus/hearing ringing or buzzing; headaches or migraines; agitation;  ear pain; dizziness or disorientation; nausea or vomiting; rapid heartbeat, missed beats, or other heart problems; pacemaker defibrillation; difficulty breathing; head or chest pressure; high blood pressure; pulsing sensations; physical weakness or pain; excessive drowsiness; seizures; urinary problems; body temperature problems –too hot or too cold; problems with concentration or memory, brain fog; difficulty finding words; transient global amnesia; vision or eye problems; nose bleeds; weight loss; skin problems, including rashes; flu-like symptoms; anxiety, depression, apathy, or other mood disorders; suicidal thoughts; insomnia; nightmares; worsening of existing conditions; blacking out; sensation of paralysis; sensitivity to electronic or wireless devices such as TVs, computers, cell phones; pets — abnormal health problems or death

These symptoms often decrease or disappear when outside, or when distant from buildings and wireless infrastructure

Some individuals in a family may be symptomatic while others are not. However, that does not mean the microwave and dirty power emissions aren’t affecting everyone. A researcher in the documentary Take Back Your Power showed that significant changes to the blood occurred in all people tested,  regardless of whether they felt anything.

If you suspect that your health problems may be related to wireless exposure, it is very important that you reduce your exposure as much and as quickly as possible. When a person is away from Smart Meters, the symptoms usually subside, though it can take awhile. Move sleeping areas away from where Smart Meters are located, which may bring some relief from problems.

Health problems tend to increase in severity over time and can develop into very serious health problems.  It can be very difficult to heal from these injuries. One of the problems that can develop – electrohypersensitivity – makes it difficult to be around any electrical devices or appliances. Some people have had to sleep with most electrical breakers off in their home or live without electricity entirely. This is not something to fool around with.

Replacing Smart Meters with analog electromechanical meters is very important. All meters – electric, natural gas, water – should be replaced. Some states have an opt-out — California has an opt-out for the investor-owned utilities, but not necessarily for municipal utilities. Find out what legal remedies you have in your state and with your utility.

In the end, it is the health of you and your loved ones which is at stake.

Watch the documentary Take Back Your Host a film night for your friends and neighbors. Then, together decide what you want to do for the health and safety of your families.

See this article about what one Californian did:

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What’s wrong with this picture?

ZigBee: The Wireless Standard for AMI, HANs and Demand Response

HAN = Home Area Network

AMI is de­fined as the communications hardware and software  and  associated  system  and  data  management   software   that   creates   a   network   between advanced  meters  and  utility  business  systems.   This allows  collection  and  distribution  of  information  to customers  and  other  parties  such  as  competitive retail suppliers, in addition to the utility itself.  Importantly, it connects the utility to a HAN typically comprised  of  ZigBee-enabled  devices  including  appliances,  thermostats,  water  heaters,  pool  pumps,  and more.    This  network  of  ZigBee  devices  is  easy  to connect  and  allows  users  to  customize  and  monitor their energy consumption in an environment where devices communicate to each other and can connect to  the  outside  world  to  enable  remote  access  and control  either  by  the  utility,  a  third-party  service provider or the customer.

Is this complete denial or lack of imagination?

The San Francisco Chronicle reported on January 17, 2014, that hacking attacks have now been carried out against Smart appliances.

That spam that fills your e-mail inbox might be coming from inside your home – sent by a TV, a wireless router, or even a refrigerator that’s been turned against you.

Computers and smartphones have long been the target of hackers, but a recent online attack exploited security holes in more than 100,000 Internet-connected home devices and used them to transmit about 750,000 spam and phishing e-mails over two weeks in late December and early January, according to Proofpoint, a Sunnyvale spam-detection company that discovered the attack.

…The attack used the devices to relay e-mails, but didn’t affect their operations in the home.

“Hackers aren’t going to go in and turn up your thermostat to 100 degrees…,said Michele Borovac , a security specialist at Mountain View’s HyTrust.     Why not?

“…What was significant was that researchers have been warning that these new connected smart devices were going to be susceptible to these kinds of breaches, and we were able to show that the theory has turned into reality.”

From Security lags in protecting Internet-connected appliances. Ellen Huet

How could an entire industry display such a startling lack of imagination and put our homes and communities at such risk?

Commercials tout the benefit of looking in on your children or pets remotely or unlocking the front door or gate. This wireless networked system provides an open door for crime, as well as creating many jobs in the never-quite-catching up cybersecurity industry.

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Attacks on the electric grid

The February 6 Los Angeles Times article below raises the specter of machine-gun-armed terrorists storming substations.

Attack on electric grid raises alarm
Damage to power station in shooting last year prompts worries over terrorism, Evan Halper and Marc Lifsher

Shooters armed with assault rifles and some knowledge of electrical utilities have prompted new worries on the vulnerability of California’s vast power grid.

A 2013 attack on an electric substation near San Jose that nearly knocked out Silicon Valley’s power supply was initially downplayed as vandalism by Pacific Gas & Electric Co., the facility’s owner. Gunfire from semiautomatic weapons did extensive damage to 17 transformers that sent grid operators scrambling to avoid a blackout.

But this week, a former top power regulator offered a far more ominous interpretation: The attack was terrorism, he said, and if circumstances had been just a little different, it could have been disastrous…

 More at,0,1524716,print.story

Alarming? Perhaps. But what about a much more pervasive and truly alarming threat posed by the government-sponsored  Smart Meter/Smart Grid program and the tech industry’s “internet of things”? What about something that could take down whole segments of the grid or the entire national grid, with a flick of the finger?

In one of many articles on cyber security threats to the Smart Grid, Jesse Berst writes:

Are smart homes a security threat to electric power utilities?
 July 31, 2013, Smart Grid News –

Quick Take: As we moved to the Internet of Things (IoT), millions of devices are being hooked up to the Internet. And each one creates another point of vulnerability, as economist Lynne Kiesling pointed out recently in a blog at

Much of the effort around grid security emphasizes securing access to control rooms and substations. Less attention goes to the security of home automation systems that “touch” the grid…

More at:

Grid shutdown? A certainty with this dangerous system, thanks to federal and state officials, and private industry.

Who will pay the price? We will.

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Former Microsoft Canada President: Wireless is “biggest modern health threat”

Well-known as the leader of Microsoft Canada, Frank Clegg’s latest article “INVISIBLE THREAT: The Link Between Wireless Radiation and a Host of Serious Illnesses” is published in the February 1 issue of Vitality Magazine

Clegg co-founded Canadians for Safe Technology ( and says

We are convinced that there is nothing less than the future of our children at stake.

Since 2011, governments around the world have alerted their populations to approach wireless devices with caution…Lawmakers across our globe are developing safety rules… Many people are unaware that wireless devices use microwaves, the same as your microwave oven. So your cordless phone, Wi-Fi, smart meter and the cell tower outside your window are effectively functioning as low-level, constantly-emitting, microwave transmitters.

In Canada, various levels of government are largely ignoring the warning from the W.H.O. and are instead hiding behind “Safety Code 6,” an archaic federal guideline that is allowing Canada’s globally envied health care system to ignore our biggest modern health threat.

The FCC has the same microwave/radiofrequency guidelines as Canada.

Clegg’s website states—“School Boards across Canada… are endangering our youth by choosing to hide behind Safety Code 6, and provide WiFi in their schools.” Discussing the current push for “21st Century Learning” and wireless tech in classroom,

I am discouraged to see School Boards such as Peel (in Canada) encourage students to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). The campaign was designed by the tech industry and sold to school Boards as part of their international sales campaign “21’st Century Learning”

Footnote (15): The 21st Century learner campaign began in 2002 with a group of technology companies dreaming up how to sell to schools. It was soon disguised as an “education” campaign. This is the Cisco sales document: “Equipping Every Learner for the 21st Century.” [1] The bottom line is the Wi-Fi and wireless devices are needed in every class.

 Among his recommendations, which include Smart Meters, cell phones, and baby monitors,

I encourage everyone who is reading this with unexplained chronic health problems – including disturbed sleep – to turn off every wireless device in their home for a week. Write down what happens…

In 2012, the Austrian Medical Association also adopted guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of illness caused by wireless radiation.  (8) Austria’s checklist for physicians lists the following symptoms: sleep problems, fatigue, exhaustion, lack of energy, restlessness, heart palpitations, blood pressure problems, muscle and joint pain, headaches, depression, difficulty concentrating, forgetfulness, anxiety, urinary urgency, anomia (difficulty finding words), dizziness, tinnitus and sensations of pressure in the head and the ears, tightness in chest, hyperactivity, irritability, noise sensitivity, burning sensation in the eyes and skin conditions.[2]

He recommends getting involved to change national standards. He also recommends endorsing candidates for city councils and school boards that propose stricter wireless policies.


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Hacking the “smart” home

On TV, advertisements show people using their mobile devices, including Smart Phones and iPads, to unlock doors, monitor cameras inside homes, and change settings on appliances inside homes so conveniently.

Being promotional pieces, they do not reveal the downsides.

Former CIA director James Woolsey said in 2011,

What they’re doing now, they’re constructing what they call a “Smart Grid.” And they’re going to make it easier for you and me to call our homes on our cell phone and turn down our air-conditioning on a hot afternoon if we’re not there. Great, but that may well mean that a hacker in Shanghai with his cell phone could do the same thing or worse. And a so-called “Smart Grid” that is as vulnerable as what we’ve got is not smart at all, it’s a really, really stupid grid. (1)

Last year, Forbes ran the story “When ‘Smart Homes’ Get Hacked: I Haunted A Complete Stranger’s House Via The Internet”.

The Hatleys’ home was at my command after a Google search

“I can see all of the devices in your home and I think I can control them,” I said to Thomas Hatley, a complete stranger in Oregon who I had rudely awoken with an early phone call on a Thursday morning.

He and his wife were still in bed. Expressing surprise, he asked me to try to turn the master bedroom lights on and off. Sitting in my living room in San Francisco, I flipped the light switch with a click, and resisted the Poltergeist-like temptation to turn the television on as well.

“They just came on and now they’re off,” he said. “I’ll be darned.”

The home automation market was worth $1.5 billion in 2012 according to Reuters; there’s been an explosion in products that promise to make our homes “smarter.” The best known is Nest, a thermostat that monitors inhabitants’ activity, learns their schedules and temperature preferences and heats or cools the house as it deems appropriate. Many of these products have smartphone apps and Web portals that let users operate devices, cameras, and locks from afar. Getting to live the Jetsons’ lifestyle has downsides though; as we bring the things in our homes onto the Internet, we run into the same kind of security concerns we have for any connected device: they could get hacked.

 …Thomas Hatley’s home was one of eight that I was able to access. Sensitive information was revealed – not just what appliances and devices people had, but their time zone (along with the closest major city to their home), IP addresses and even the name of a child

… I could have wreaked serious havoc with this home. (2)

What are the possibilities of a home that allows remote control to lights, hot tubs, fans, televisions, water pumps, thermostats, garage doors, cameras, ovens, or a host of other “smart” devices?

An article in the news recently profiled a baby monitor that had been hacked.(3) And the hacker could see and talk to the children.

They heard a strange voice in the bedroom, shared by their two toddlers. When they got there, they realized the voice was coming from the Web camera they use to keep tabs on the children.

What they heard was ugly.

“He said, ‘Wake up, Allyson, you little slut,’” Gilbert said.

When he and his wife Lauren arrived, the camera swiveled to face them. The hacker proceeded to call him a “stupid moron” and his wife a bitch, Gilbert said, before he unplugged the camera.

How “convenient” is it when unknown entities can see the children and adults living in a home?

How connected do you want an outsider to be to your oven, your sprinkler system, or your home security system?

Pranksters, former spouses, people with a grudge, as well as child molesters, stalkers, burglars, and the government are examples of those who will have much easier access to your home and everything and everyone precious to you if you are part of this networked system.

Is that a risk you want to take?




(2)  for the complete article and photos


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