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New open source hacking tool developed for security professionals

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Monday, July 23, 2012

SecureState, a security consulting firm, recently announced it has released an open source hacking tool that security professionals and penetration specialists can use to check the security of smart grid deployments around the country.

According to SmartPlanet, the new "termineter" is not the first product of its kind, however it is the first to be made available as an open source download. According to TechWeekEurope, the system can be used by grid operators and administrators to identify any holes that may exist that could be exploited by cyber criminals.

The software was shown off at a recent presentation in Las Vegas titled "How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Smart Meter."

The company said it hopes that the technology will raise awareness of smart grid security. In the event that a cyber criminal gains access, the effects could range from energy consumption fraud to widespread blackouts.

To help create a stronger electric grid, federal laws have been created to ensure smart grid deployments are performed safely. SUBNET products help utilities ensure compliance with such NERC CIP standards while helping companies improve their overall operating efficiency.

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