Securing Electric Vehicle Charging Platforms

Automotive technology concept. Electric vehicle charging overlaid with automotive icons

Spikes in the prices of fossil fuels have provided yet another incentive for consumers to move towards electric vehicles (EVs). Alongside that trend is the pressing requirement to have a charging infrastructure which provides enough capacity to satisfy this need. In this article we will explore how EV charging platforms are being architected and deployed while answering a question seldom asked – what security holes are being opened?

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Are EV Charging Platforms Already Being Targeted?

The simple answer to that is yes. Typically what we see when new digital services such as EV charging come online is that initially there are a few attacks, mainly by independent researchers. These gain some publicity and although any issues raised normally get dealt with by the providers, it is often stated that the scenarios exposed are ‘academic’ so they may be taken seriously from a marketing perspective but not from a technical perspective. 

Although it may sometimes be difficult to see how the early attack vectors which are identified would result in a meaningful gain for a hacker, in my opinion it’s more common that you think that the exposed security hole is real. In other words, even if it is ‘academic’ it is still indicative of non-optimal security practices within the vendor’s operation. As such these reports should absolutely be taken seriously.

Let’s look at some recent examples of reported attacks against EV charging platform and see what trends we can see: