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Security Aspects in Smart Meters: Analysis and Prevention

Information & Computing Lab, AttlanTTIC Research Center, University of Vigo, 36310 Vigo, Spain
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Sensors 2020, 20(14), 3977;
Received: 29 June 2020 / Revised: 15 July 2020 / Accepted: 16 July 2020 / Published: 17 July 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue RFID and NFC in Secure IoT Scenarios and Applications)
Smart meters are of the basic elements in the so-called Smart Grid. These devices, connected to the Internet, keep bidirectional communication with other devices in the Smart Grid structure to allow remote readings and maintenance. As any other device connected to a network, smart meters become vulnerable to attacks with different purposes, like stealing data or altering readings. Nowadays, it is becoming more and more popular to buy and plug-and-play smart meters, additionally to those installed by the energy providers, to directly monitor the energy consumption at home. This option inherently entails security risks that are under the responsibility of householders. In this paper, we focus on an open solution based on Smartpi 2.0 devices with two purposes. On the one hand, we propose a network configuration and different data flows to exchange data (energy readings) in the home. These flows are designed to support collaborative among the devices in order to prevent external attacks and attempts of corrupting the data. On the other hand, we check the vulnerability by performing two kind of attacks (denial of service and stealing and changing data by using a malware). We conclude that, as expected, these devices are vulnerable to these attacks, but we provide mechanisms to detect both of them and to solve, by applying cooperation techniques. View Full-Text
Keywords: smart meters; security; denial of service; malware; node-RED smart meters; security; denial of service; malware; node-RED
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Díaz Redondo, R.P.; Fernández-Vilas, A.; Fernández dos Reis, G. Security Aspects in Smart Meters: Analysis and Prevention. Sensors 2020, 20, 3977.

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Díaz Redondo RP, Fernández-Vilas A, Fernández dos Reis G. Security Aspects in Smart Meters: Analysis and Prevention. Sensors. 2020; 20(14):3977.

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Díaz Redondo, Rebeca P., Ana Fernández-Vilas, and Gabriel Fernández dos Reis. 2020. "Security Aspects in Smart Meters: Analysis and Prevention" Sensors 20, no. 14: 3977.

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