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.