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Smart charging stations for cars are extremely vulnerable to

It isn t only the high voltage electric car drivers should be about. AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

though Tesla’s recent numbers painted a positive for the often beleaguered company, still very early for the electric vehicle market. The of EV charge points has been as a key obstacle in EV sales growth, but one recently pointed to the newer of smarter charge points, to make EVs more attractive by features such as the ability to or schedule charges via smartphone, or pay by smart card, as also a possible area of serious vulnerability. According to security Ofer Shezaf, enterprising could gain access to EV chargers and obtain access to payments, hack into or utility systems that run the or shut down parts of the themselves.

Shezaf, who presented the results of his into EV charge point last month at the Hack in the Box in Amsterdam, says, like new infrastructure technologies, the connectivity makes the newest EV charge “smart,” also renders vulnerable at the moment. The future could be substantial in a country as the Netherlands, which has seen growth of EV use in just one year, and is on EV charging networks as an important in getting drivers to switch to cheaper EVs.

In some cases, hackers simply unlock a charge with a key, plug in an cable and browse away a laptop in the same way one might to a wi-fi router on a home Shezaf said.

Other for networking and access being into smart charging such as radio-frequency identification, or allow drivers access to with a touchless card, are for security weaknesses. Like a default or easily guessed online, these systems be broken into with effort. Some charging use cellular data connections or wifi to connect to other or to be accessed for maintenance, also doors for hackers.


Other basic scenarios could disrupt EV charging include electronic eavesdropping on the networks’ communications and potential to utilities’ internal networks. By to the chargers’ data networks a compromised station, hackers gain access to additional customer data, or potentially their way to the internal databases on running the networks, getting to other parts of the power

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Theft of power from the or even theft of payments the networks, is also possible. vulnerabilities have been in US smart parking meter as well as a regional US subway that allowed payments to be and access hacked.

At the extreme end of the scale, so-called of service” attacks that take down parts of charging networks, said in much the same way hackers taken down important or utility services by overwhelming with bogus network Given the short charging of many EVs and the need to juice up EV almost daily, Shezaf out the scale of disruption possible: no electric car can charge for a day when are 30% of a national fleet!”

To date, charging network appear to be spending more securing their customers use of the through special membership and placing them in well-lit areas than locking the systems themselves. Shezaf this is because the technology is but highlights that this is the time to look at security, it scales up to whole cities and

As more connected urban wired bike sharing and other new transportation systems, kiosks. and the likeemerge, there are windows of exposure for government and companies that operate Like any other technology-based smart cities and the services offer, like convenient EV are likely to continue to have a underbelly.

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