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02 Aug 20211 minute read

EV drivers urged to update home chargers

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EV drivers urged to update home chargers

Electric vehicle owners in the UK have been urged to keep their home charger firmware up to date to protect against potential cyber security threats. 

Experts have found that chargers without the appropriate security updates were liable to being hacked and could be switched on or off remotely. A hacker could also access the user’s home network.

The findings come as proposed new legislation on cyber-security for appliances - including chargers - was published this week. 

Cyber-security researcher at Pen Test Partners, Vangelis Stykas, discovered the vulnerabilities.

Speaking to the BBC, he said, "On Wallbox you could take full control of the charger, you could gain full access and remove the usual owner's access on the charger. You could stop them from charging their own vehicles, and provide free charging to an attacker's vehicle.

"Project EV had a really bad implementation on their back end. Their authentication where it existed was pretty primitive, so an attacker could easily escalate themselves to being an administrator and change the firmware of all the chargers."

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