GCHQ – Moving Out From the Shadows

Noun: Smart Home Definition: Mini data center minus admin and security staff. This is of course tongue-in-cheek, although some will recognise truth in this. As consumers we are reliant on manufacturers of our “smart appliances” being cognisant of security and engineering safeguards. But can we trust them? Yesterday we learned that despite £11bn being spent on new smart energy meters due to be installed in every UK home, GCHQ had to intervene as every meter had the same encryption key. We saw a similar problem in Spain in 2014 with poorly protected credentials. Aside from miscreants leveraging these weaknesses to lower their own energy bills, there Read More