[Cryptography] Gaslighting ~= power droop == side channel attack

Peter Gutmann pgut001 at cs.auckland.ac.nz
Tue Nov 29 04:34:54 EST 2016

Henry Baker <hbaker1 at pipeline.com> writes:

>What's worse is that these utilities want to insert the camel's nose further
>into our tents by asking us to install "smart" -- aka more precise
>surveillance -- thermostats in our homes, so we (and, of course, they and the
>NSA/FBI/DHS via the 3rd party doctrine) can access this information via our
>smart phones.

Smart meters can already characterise pretty much everything that goes on in a
house to do with electricity use, fridge, TV, kettle, radio, computer, you name
it, it's astounding how much data you can recover from a noisy mains signal.
There's a whole (small) industry built around this, google "energy
disaggregation" in the lack of privacy of your own home...


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