The "Smart Grid" is the future for the power companies, where the electrical grid can be monitored with the promise of better service, more effective billing, and so on. However:
A hacker wearing a fake beard and dark sunglasses took the stage at a computer security conference in Miami on Thursday and showed a group of about 60 security researchers how to intercept the radio communications between Silver Spring Networks, a maker of smart grid technology, and its clients, which include major utilities like Pacific Gas and Electric and Pepco Holdings.Gee, a computer network that we understood (or assumed) to be secure that maybe isn't? Why, I'm shocked. Shocked, I say!