Cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab discovered vulnerabilities in home electric car chargers from ChargePoint Home. Hackers could either stop a car from charging, or increase its current, potentially damaging an entire home’s electrical system.
ChargePoint claims that they have fixed the cybersecurity issue since the report from Kaspersky Lab. “ChargePoint takes the security of our products and services seriously,” the company responded to the report.
“ChargePoint is constantly reviewing solutions in our portfolio and making enhancements when appropriate, most of which can be made over-the-air…Our goal is to ensure that ChargePoint Home remains one of the most reliable and secure home chargers on the market,”
said Darryll Harrison, spokesman for ChargePoint. They added that they’re focusing on secure design, self-testing of products, as well as “third party penetration testing”. The research from Kaspersky’s Lab was the first externally-detected vulnerabilities that ChargePoint has been made aware of, the company claimed.
Like many other connected devices, ChargePoint’s car chargers use Wi-Fi to connect with Audi’s installation program, powered by Amazon Home Services. In order to receive all added features and security updates, the charger must be connected through Wi-Fi. Features include the ability to check the car’s battery remotely and pre-condition according to climate.
With the rise of connected devices, car security has transcended from physical to digital. Some cars have Wi-Fi connectivity built-in, which may also be vulnerable to hackers. Last summer, Volkswagen announced it was investing about four billion dollars in developing internet of things products such as a cloud platform connecting all vehicles and customers. In addition, cars with keyless entry are particularly vulnerable to cyber attacks, as hackers can use transmitter devices to determine the key’s frequency. After sending the signal to another device near the car, the car will think the key is present, allowing intruders to enter and drive the car. For more information on keeping your car safe, read our article on car theft safety measures.