Smart meter hacking framework released


Cleveland, OH, U.S.A. —- (METERING.COM) — July 23, 2012 – Information security consultants SecureState has released the full open source code of its smart meter security assessment framework, Termineter – the first such framework designed to give authorized individuals access to manipulate and test the security of smart meters.

According to a statement the goal of the public release is to promote security awareness for smart meters and provide a tool that brings basic testing capabilities to the community and meter manufactures so that security can be improved. Power companies can use the framework to identify and validate internal flaws that leave them susceptible to fraud and significant vulnerabilities.

The Termineter framework implements and supports the ANSI C12.18 and ANSI C12.19 standards, offering basic non-vendor specific routines that allow users to interact with and view information on the device using the optical port.

Current modules allow users to read and write raw data to tables, which in turn can be used to initiate procedures. Certain modules require passwords in order to be used. Additional modules allow higher level access to certain functionality, such as parsing useful information from the security, modem and log tables.

Users, who are given fine-grained control and direct access to the data on the meter by Termineter, must have general knowledge of the meter’s internal workings in order to use the framework proficiently.