Ofer Shezaf is Product Manager for HP ArcSight. At the recent Hack in the Box conference in Amsterdam, he presented the potential vulnerabilities of electric vehicles and charging stations being hacked into.
Hacking into the charging stations could let the sophisticated thief obtain information to steal the vehicle. Or just energy. Or delve into privacy infringement issues. Then crazier scenarios start to form. What if in a city, as in New York, where there is a huge push for vehicle electrification, terrorists take over the charging stations and no one could get anywhere? Then again, if terrorists shut down the power grid, it leaves our gasoline stations unable to pump gas as well. The craziest scenarios involved electrocution- imagine being able to hone in on your specific target and zap him when he touched the J1772. It all would sound so tinfoil hat if it weren’t for Shezaf’s presentation showing the plausibility of such unthinkable scenarios.
Tesla, do you have your Superchargers outfitted with security?
Hat tip to The Blaze for the story. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/04/12/hackers-could-use-electric-vehicle-charging-stations-to-cripple-cars-and-grid/