Electric cars create new challenges for automotive cyber-security. Charging station infrastructure is vulnerable to attack.
28 Aug, 2019
Continuing our monthly series of six-word short stories, this episode follows on from our previous cyber-security post and examines charging stations for electric cars, and their vulnerability to attack.
Isolated and unmanned, electric car charging stations threaten vehicle cyber-security. Integral data connectivity that links users, vehicles, and charging stations opens new pathways which malicious hackers can use to infiltrate your car.
“Charging station hacked. In-car network secure”
In this short story, hackers have attempted to gain access to an electric car which is connected to a charging station. Luckily the vehicle is fitted with an intrusion detection and prevention system which protects the in-car network.
Electric car charging stations are a current and future threat to vehicle cyber-security. Like their fossil-fuelled counterparts, they are often located in out of the way places. However, they are often unmanned. Add to this integral connectivity – for connecting the user’s payment app, the vehicles charging control module (a type of ECU), and connectivity to the cloud – and you have a perfect target for hackers to abuse. You can read more about electric car charging station vulnerabilities here.
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