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Computer security experts are gathered in Las Vegas for the Black Hat hacker convention and this year there’s a presentation worthy of the smart grid crowd’s attention.  In what is typically the scene of clever network infiltrations and defeated security schemes, IOActive is planning to spotlight the hacker-repelling shortcomings of some smart meters.  The firm will be using a worm, malicious software that can spread on its own and the same type of code that ground many computer networks to a halt in years past.  Smart meter manufacturers will undoubtedly be watching, and given the U.S. Department of Energy’s expressed willingness to withhold smart grid funding over lax cyber security, so should utilities.